Every truck driver and trucking company must make it a priority to return home safely and sound to their loved ones. These safety tips for truck drivers, along with our other guide to truck driver safety, will help you avoid dangerous situations. Mx logistics has been able to successfully manage logistics for companies in various industries. Mx logistics truck driver jobs solutions are tailored to meet specific industry issues through advanced coordination and unique handling.
Get out and look (G.O.A.L.
You’ve likely seen stickers with the acronym G.O.A.L. on your side mirrors or trailers if you’re driving on the road. It’s there because it’s important. If you are unsure whether you will be able to back up your truck safely, get out and check. It is better to park too long than to get in the way of another vehicle or pedestrian and end up liable for any damages.
Do not neglect the Pre-Trip Inspection
It takes only a few minutes for you to go out and inspect your truck and trailer. This can save you money and prevent you from getting a ticket. Make or get a checklist that is similar to the one you used in training. This will help you make the most of your pre-trip inspections. A checklist can help you to make it a routine and avoid overlooking potential safety issues.
Do not rush
While it is important to meet deadlines, it is even more important to get there. Commonly, it is said that “the longer you wait, the faster you will get there”. Safety should not be sacrificed for speed. Safety is the best way to get to your destination and deliver it.
In 2019, the NHTSA recorded 697 deaths from drowsy driving. Driving while tired is as dangerous as driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It can also be more dangerous if you drive an 80,000-pound vehicle. You should find somewhere to park if you feel like you are falling asleep.
Keep a safe distance
Commercial trucks can stop at a greater distance than regular passenger cars, so be sure to keep your distance from any car in front. It is important to inspect your mirrors and to know which lanes you are in. This will help you avoid any accidents.
Weather conditions are important to be aware of
It’s common for people to travel from one part of the country to the other, often moving from warmer regions to winter areas in the north. Or torrential rainstorms in the south as they come in from the south. Keep an eye out for the weather, and you should be ready to adjust your driving to compensate.
Make those turns with a wide smile
Drivers make a common error when turning, failing to extend their arms enough. The consequences can be embarrassing or deadly. You could hit power poles, street signs, trailers in ditches and even your truck can be rolled over if you don’t swing enough. You can avoid bad days by giving yourself enough space to clear any obstacles.
Be aware of road signs
If you are transporting a load in unfamiliar areas, be aware of truck route signage and watch out for signs warning you about weight restrictions and low bridge clearances.
Do not ignore low clearance and weight warnings
You should stop if you make a wrong turn or come across a bridge you cannot pass under. It is best to not attempt to move in either of these situations as it can be very costly. Turn on your flashers and brakes and call the local police. They’d rather you help your truck out of the jam than calling for a wrecker or to remove it from a riverbed or from under a bridge.
- Keep an eye out
- When operating a commercial vehicle, it is important to be aware of your surroundings.
Being alert means:
- Do not allow yourself to daydream, or “space out”.
- Look beyond what is directly in front of your face and look ahead.
- Regularly inspect your mirrors
- Be aware of your blind spots
- Always have an escape plan in place, just in case.
- Be responsible
- Safe driving is your responsibility as a commercial driver.
These are some defensive driving tips:
- Respect posted speed limits
- You can adjust your speed according to weather conditions and the road.
- Avoid erratic braking, lane changes and sudden braking
- You should leave enough space between yourself and the cars in front of your vehicle.
- Regularly inspect your mirrors
- Be aware of what’s around you