Truck driving is one of the most crucial jobs in the U.S. Delivering goods to all corners of the country can also be one of the most dangerous jobs. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, more than 300,000 accidents involved large trucks in 2012.
Truckers can follow these five precautions to keep themselves safe when traveling.
1. Beware of the weather
Truckers should check the weather before they hit the road. Knowing what may be ahead can help you prepare properly. Truckers never want to be surprised by a sudden windstorm or heavy rain when traveling. If you do get stuck in inclement weather, reduce your speed and pull over if necessary.
2. Follow the laws
It may be tempting to drive faster, sleep less or ditch the seatbelt, but breaking these laws can get drivers in trouble and put their safety at risk. Truck drivers should keep both hands on the wheel, wear a seatbelt, drive the speed limit and get plenty of rest to prevent accidents.
3. Maintain the vehicle
When truckers take care of their vehicles, they will be better protected on the road. Preventative maintenance will keep the truck running smoothly and prevent unexpected breakdowns, violations and crashes.
4. Prepare an emergency kit
Before starting their route, truckers should make sure they have a well-stocked emergency kit in the truck. Items like food, water, a first aid kit and a blanket are all great things to keep on hand. This kit will come in handy in case of an accident or breakdown where a trucker could be stranded for several hours.
5. Secure everything
Truckers should double check doors and exposed items before getting in the driver’s seat. A few minutes to make sure everything is secure can spare a disaster later.
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