Even the most experienced truck drivers can be at risk for accidents on the road. It is important to be aware of trucking safety tips to ensure safety on the roads. View some of our top tips that will keep you safe on the road:
1. Be Aware
The number one tip for staying safe on the roads is to be aware and avoid distractions. To ensure safety, your attention must always be focused on the road and your surroundings. If you notice your attention is slipping, take a break to refocus or remove the distraction from your area (music, phone, etc.).
2. Get Rest
The next tip goes hand-in-hand with our first tip. Get the proper amount of rest. Rest is crucial for keeping you focused. If you are tired, it is more likely you will lose focus and possibly end up in an accident. Rest whenever it is needed. Never continue down the road when you feel exhausted; you will put yourself and others on the road in danger.
3. Take Breaks
Don’t forget to take breaks when driving. Make sure that when you take a break you actually get out of your truck and take a walk around, too. When you get back in your truck after a break, you will feel refreshed and refocused.
4. Know Your Truck
Know your truck and what it can handle. Always check your truck to make sure it is ready to hit the road. Check fluid levels, horns and brakes. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, take the appropriate steps to correct the issue before getting on the road. It is better to be aware of any issues and resolve them before you are stuck on the side of the road.
5. Monitor The Weather
Monitor the weather and keep an eye out for any storms that may make your travel difficult. Slow down when the weather starts to get bad. As a general rule of thumb, cut your speed by one-third when driving on wet roads and by half when driving on snow and ice.
Keep these tips in mind before you hit the road to keep you and others safe on the road.
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