Fourth of July is just around the corner. For many Americans, the fourth of July means traveling, fireworks and family gatherings. For truckers, it means another busy work day. Being a truck driver during the holidays can be overwhelming. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, certain states still have restrictions on traveling and family gathering. Many people are still expected to celebrate Independence Day with their friends and family. There are extra safety precautions truck drivers should take into consideration during the fourth of July holiday. Here are some truck driving safety tips for the 4th of July weekend.
Do Not Speed
A truck driver should never speed. Especially on a busy holiday weekend. The chance of wrecking triples when drivers speed. With the amount of people on the road this weekend, avoid speeding. If you are worried about getting stuck in traffic or arriving late, leave early and avoid the risk.
With the amount of traffic that is expected to increase on the fourth of July weekend, do not forget to wear your seatbelt. A CDC study shows that seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45% and cut the risk of serious injuries by 50%. Be smart and wear a seat belt.
Limit all distractions while driving. Make sure to get enough sleep the night before and put the address in the GPS before you hit the road. More people are expected to be on the road and the number of drunk driving accidents increases significantly. It is important to always be alert.
Watch Out For Family Gatherings
If you are driving through an area with family gathering, drive slow and be extra cautious. Watch out for children running around and playing near the streets.
While many of these 4th of july safety tips apply to truck drivers year round, it is important to take extra precaution during these extra busy times. Do you have any additional truck driving safety tips for the 4th of July weekend? Let us know in the comments below.