9 Safety Precautions All Truck Drivers Must Follow

9 Safety Precautions All Truck Drivers Must Follow
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    Semi-trucks are huge and heavy, and, if operated incorrectly, can be a safety hazard to those on the road.

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When driving a semi-truck, it’s important for drivers to keep themselves and others on the road safe. Here are nine safety precautions all truck drivers must followon and off the road.

Drive Defensively

Truck drivers should always be aware of what is going on around their vehicle while driving. Don’t expect that other drivers will follow the rules of the road, and always be prepared to react to a potentially dangerous situation. Scan ahead at least 15 seconds on the road and check your mirrors regularly for vehicles moving into your blind spots.

Plan Your Trip

Before setting out on your drive, be sure that you are familiar with the route you will be taking. Plan a few stops along the way, and be aware of what kind of weather you will be driving in.

Follow Traffic Laws

Not only will following traffic laws keep you and the drivers around you safe, it will also keep you from getting a ticket. Drive at or below the speed limit, stay in your lane, slow down at turns, and respect the laws of construction zones.

Keep Yourself Healthy

Physical and mental health are both very important for truck drivers, on and off the road. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise your mind and body regularly with hobbies like reading, working out, and listening to music.

Be Prepared for the Weather

Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for any kind of weather while on the road. Exercise caution while driving in rainy or snowy conditions and dress appropriately for the weather.

Maintain Your Vehicle

One of the last things a truck driver wants is for his or her vehicle to break down during a trip. To avoid this situation, truck drivers should perform regular check overs and maintenance on their vehicles. If you notice an issue or a part that is beginning to wear down, fix it as soon as possible to avoid bigger issues down the road.

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

While on the job, truck drivers should refrain from using drugs and alcohol. Driving under the influence is illegal and dangerous for anyone, but especially for someone operating a vehicle weighing several tons. If you are a driver with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you are also subject to random, unannounced drug and alcohol testing. Enroll with a drug and alcohol testing consortium that will help you manage and be prepared for these tests.

Wear a Seatbelt

When driving, truck drivers must always wear a seatbelt. This is required by law and will help to keep you safe in the event of an accident.

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Stay Alert and Avoid Distractions

To stay safe, truck drivers should always be alert while driving and avoid any distractions. Stay off your phone while on the road, and make sure that you are well rested and constantly observing your surroundings while driving.

Practicing these nine safety precautions all truck drivers must follow will help truck drivers stay safe while on the job and protect those around them on the road. Take responsibility while driving and perform your job safely and well.

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