Truck Driver Safety Tips
- Stay vigilant! Scan ahead about 15 seconds (a quarter mile on interstates or one to two blocks in cities) for approaching dangers and check your mirrors every 8-10 seconds for vehicles entering your vehicle’s blind spots.
- Signal. Signal and break to give other drivers enough time to react. If you must exit the primary roadway and pull-over, use flashers, reflective triangles and flares to alert approaching drivers.
- Keep it slow. Driving too fast in harsh weather or road conditions as well as failing to slow down for curves or ramps creates unnecessary risks.
- Maintain. Ensure pre-trip safety inspections and completed. Ensure the tires and breaks are good and that your load is well-balanced and secured.
- Buckle up! Use your safety belt every time you drive.
- Rest. Ensure you have received proper rest and have taken care of your health so that you can stay sharp on the road.
- Plan. Stay up to date on weather and road conditions as well as detours.
- Respect work zones. Work zones provide a number of hazards, be sure to slow down, maintain extra space and obey all the work zone signs and signals.
- Text later. Texting is among the worst driving distractions, it’s not worth the potential consequences. The text can wait for later.
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