5 Truck Driver Tips
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, over 10% of all accidents on Florida roadways in the year 2013 involved commercial trucks. Accidents involving trucks are usually much more damaging and deadly because of their size. Knowing the most common causes of truck accidents may help you avoid an accident in the future.
Even though most truck drivers are skilled professionals, driver error is one of the most common causes of serious truck accidents. Driver errors from a regular vehicle driver also play a role, such as misjudging the capabilities of the truck or following too closely. As for truck drivers, many accidents have occurred because of falling asleep at the wheel or being involved in distractions while driving.
Improper loading can cause the truck to become imbalanced, which causes difficulty in steering and controlling of the truck. This shifting of the truck can then cause critical mechanical parts to fail to perform properly. Many devastating collisions also occur from falling cargo.
Rain, snow, and ice can significantly increase the stopping distance of large trucks, which many drivers don’t realize. Unlike cars, trucks are not very maneuverable. Therefore, poor weather conditions can affect truck drivers’ ability to avoid hazards and obstacles. Vehicle motorists should use extra caution around trucks in the event that any of these conditions occur. Remember, a truck can come out of an accident with a scratch while a vehicle can be completely totaled.
5 truck driver tips to ensure safe travels:
1) Prior to each trip, check your vehicle to make sure you are properly equipped (oil, gas, tires, etc.).
2) Be mindful of blind spots and unexpected or large curves in the road.
3) Load your cargo wisely to improve balance and fuel economy.
4) Leave yourself enough time to safely arrive at your desired destination without having to speed.
5) Make sure to travel well rested and hydrated.