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Truck Driving Safety Tips

Kim Paleczny, Monday September 25, 2017

Whether you’re a new or experienced truck driver, driving a 53-foot transport truck presents many challenges. To help, Canada Heavy Equipment College has compiled a list of tips to help with a safer drive leading to a safer experience on the road.

1. Watch your blind spots

Other motorists may not be aware of a truck's "no zones" — those where crashes are most likely to occur. Common "no zones" include: Off to the side just in front of the cab, Just behind the side mirrors and directly behind the truck. Drivers may drive dangerously close if they are not aware of these trouble spots. It is up to you to exercise caution before turning or changing lanes and to maintain a safe distance.

2. Become Friends with your Dispatcher

Dispatchers are your lifelines to loads, which in turn equals miles and miles directly affect your paycheck.  Get to know them, get to know what they like, pay them compliments.

3. Reduce speed in work zones

Roughly one-third of all fatal work-zone accidents involve large trucks. Make sure to take your time going through construction zones.

4. Do a good pre-trip inspection

Give your vehicle a thorough check each morning (fluid levels, horn, mirrors, etc.). The brakes are particularly vital, given how much weight is riding on them. If you spot anything unusual, report it to dispatch before attempting to drive

5. Weather awareness

Always consider the weather as a safety factor in your daily drive. In the winter season it is important to be prepared to slow down in inclement weather conditions that will involve driving below the speed limit. Inclement weather causes roughly 25 percent of all speeding-related truck driving accidents. Cut your speed down by one-third on wet roads, and by one-half on snowy or icy ones.

6. Stay healthy on the Road

Feel content and refreshed on the road. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat right, exercise, and have quality time at home. Pack healthy snacks in a cooler and exercise before you get behind the wheel. Whether it be a quick power walk, doing some push ups or stretches, every bit of movement helps. Also, if you smoke, quit. Smoking can lead to long-term health problems and it is definitely not worth the risk and the cost.

Reference

1. By Les Anderson. truck driving tips: 7 safety rules for a long haul. URL: https://www.esurance.com/info/commercial-auto/truck-driving-tips