Getting into a car wreck is a risk everyone takes when driving a vehicle. Safety is not guaranteed while driving. Although you may be alert and driving safe, others may not. Wrecks of any kind are almost always traumatic. Wrecks that include heavy duty trucks can be even more horrific because their injuries can be more severe and life threatening. Truck drivers go through a long, extensive training process and must pass several exams to get their CDL. Even though truck driving school prepares truckers for life on the road, there are still mistakes truckers continue to make. Take a look at common mistakes truck drivers continue to make.
There may be some instances where you are running late to get a load delivered on time, so you speed to get there. Speeding is dangerous for all drivers. Going over the speed limit is not only illegal, it is risky and can lead to serious injuries or even death. Avoid speeding at any time. It is better to arrive late rather than risking your life and others.
Truck rollovers are due to a driver taking a turn too fast, inexperience or load size. Rollovers tend to happen when drivers get too comfortable behind the wheel and forget to take extra precaution while driving. Remember to always pay attention and be aware of what you’re hauling.
Tailgating or following too close is something every driver should avoid. Driving too close behind a vehicle is extremely dangerous for heavy duty truck drivers due to the weight and momentum of the truck. Keep your distance while driving. There should be at least 3 seconds between each vehicle on the road. Check out our blog post Avoid Tailgating By Following These Tips
Driving while tired
Sleep is very important for the overall well-being and safety of a truck driver. Due to the long shifts, truckers rarely get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night. Truck drivers can drive up to 11 hours a day for 7 consecutive days. Drivers who fail to follow these guidelines put their lives and others at risk.
Semi trucks are notorious for their blind spots. Most blind spots are due to the inability to see when looking through a rear-view or side mirror. Truckers must always be aware of their blind spots while driving. Failing to do so can result in serious injuries.
It’s hard not to get distracted on the road when driving for 11 hours a day. Common distractions are eating while driving, looking at the gps, texting and talking on the phone. Truck drivers should avoid texting and driving at all times. They should also consider investing in a headset to use when talking on the phone while driving.
When the weather changes, drivers need to adjust their speed and distance between other cars. Driving too fast and close in the rain or snow can result in a severe accident. There may be times when it is not safe to drive even after reducing the speed. Make sure to never drive when you feel uncertain of the weather conditions.
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