In most cases, being a truck driver means you choose the hours you work. A truck driver can drive during the day or night. As long as the load gets delivered on time and the driver does not exceed the 11 hour work day limit. There are benefits to driving during the day and night time. Many drivers prefer to drive during the day because of better visibility and they are more alert. However, some drivers prefer to drive at night because of less traffic and road work. Truck driving at night can be risky. Drivers are more prone to accidents because of low visibility, wildlife, drunk drivers and fatigue.
If you are a truck driver and you regularly drive at night, here are 6 safety tips to keep you safe while on the road at night.
Driving while drowsy is dangerous for everyone on the road. If you drive during the night, make sure to still get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each day. Having the right amount of sleep is crucial for truckers. Many truck drivers struggle with getting enough sleep because of their living situation on the road.
Drive the Speed Limit or Slower
Truck drivers should always drive the speed limit, especially at night. It becomes increasingly difficult to see at night time, so it’s important to adjust your speed accordingly. In addition, night time means more wildlife. Driving too fast makes it difficult to react if a wild animal runs out in front of you.
Keep Windows Clean
While driving at night, the high beams make it difficult for drivers to see. Especially if your windows and windshields are dirty. Take some time every couple days to wipe down your windows and mirrors to make sure there isn’t anything that could potentially block your view.
Look Away From Oncoming Vehicles
When driving down the road, avoid looking directly at oncoming traffic. The lights from the vehicles can be distracting and dangerous. Especially the high beams. When you see a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, look down and to the right.
Tip: as long as you can see the white line on the shoulder, you should be fine.
Watch Out for Drunk Drivers
Driving at night means less cars on the road. Although there may be less cars, there are more drunk drivers. Be extra cautious when driving. Especially on weekends and around the time clubs/bars close. Also, watch out for drivers who are having trouble staying in their lane.
Use Your High Beams
High beams making truck driving at night a lot easier. Low beams make it difficult to see what is in front of you. When you get the chance, use your high beams. They are safe to use until you get within 500 feet of another vehicle.
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