Many truck drivers navigate the roads safely day after day, but accidents can still happen at any time. Trucks in particular are larger than your average car and therefore harder to maneuver in tight situations. In order to remain vigilant, it is important to know what tips to practice so you can stay safe on the road.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, some pieces of advice to keep in mind are to drive defensively and to always use your turn signals. Defensive driving includes checking your mirrors often and making sure to look out for dangerous road conditions, inattentive drivers, and other people on the road who are unsure of how to handle their cars while around larger vehicles. It is easy for truck drivers to overestimate how much another driver knows about commercial vehicles and their blind spots. Keeping others safe includes being aware of the lack of knowledge surrounding the space that trucks need on the road.
Knowing the state of the route you are driving and the conditions of the road beforehand is also imperative. You may end up braking too suddenly and wrecking your vehicle if you come across a turn that you are not prepared for in dangerous weather. Keeping your seatbelt securely fastened at all times is the most obvious way to ensure you are safe in the event of a crash. Additionally, driving on a full night’s sleep and without any medications with fatigue-inducing side effects is another way to be sure you will not get distracted unexpectedly.
Driving a truck is a responsibility, both to yourself and to the people around you on the road. Fully understanding all of the possible dangers on the road can make you a better driver.