To be a professional truck driver, you are required to have the skills and a commercial driver’s license or a CDL. Driving a truck is a huge responsibility to ensure the safety of the driver himself and others. It is one of the most important aspects of truck driving, and as a truck driver, there are simple things that you can do to guarantee your safety and the safety of the other people around you.
To help make the road a safer place, here are some safety tips:
Semi-truck quarter fenders are sometimes installed to increase safety. Fenders will help keep road debris from flying towards the windshield, minimizing danger on the road. Fenders also reduce water sprays that are caused by water on the road that usually create a cloudy spray on the windshield, which makes it harder for truck drivers to see the road while driving.
Based on studies, it is estimated that 1 out of 6 truck drivers does not wear their seatbelts. Keep in mind that airbags are not enough. Using seatbelts is not only required, but it is one of the most effective ways of preventing injury once an accident happens. It will not only keep you safe, but it also lessens the possibility of being ejected from the vehicle when a crash happens, which mostly kills.
The most common distraction these days are cell phones and other devices. Truck drivers who use their cell phones while driving are more likely to crash. It is not only a negligent move, but it has also been banned in most states. The New Mobile Phone Restriction Rule for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers restricts a commercial motor vehicle driver from holding their mobile device. Talking, texting, and even just looking at your phone’s screen can be distracting and may lead to an accident, and this rule helps minimize that risk.
Whether you are driving in just one state or interstate, always make yourself aware of the laws and speed limits of each state. Also, make sure to know the speed limits, especially for trucks. Staying within the speed limit will not only ensure you that you are following the law, but it also makes the road a safer place for all motorists.
Some parts of the country may have unpredictable weather conditions, so it is important to check weather reports and keep track of changes as often as possible while traveling. Also, be more aware of your outside temperature to know right away once there is a change in the road conditions. If you know what to expect, you are more prepared for bad weather driving, and you can take precautions during your drive.
Drugs and alcohol
As obvious as it may sound, drinking and driving will always be dangerous and should be avoided no matter what. Drugs that will hinder you from making the right judgments or any of your physical skills, like medications that result in drowsiness, should not be taken before driving. Aside from the safety concerns, driving while under the influence is also against the law, which may cost you your job and your license.
Long hours of driving may take its toll on you, but if you follow these truck driving safety tips, you can ensure that you will return home safely all the time.