The American economy relies heavily on the 18-wheelers that roar across
the country and the people who drive them. Keeping these rigs moving reliably
is demanding work, and it can also be quite dangerous. To
minimize the risk of auto collisions, it is important that commercial truck drivers keep safety in mind at
all times. Here are a few key safety tips for truckers:
Get Plenty of Rest
Driving long distances can be fatiguing on the brain and eyes, so it is
important to rest as needed. Never try to fight off weariness; this can
lead to lapses in alertness more than you may realize. Pull over and take
a nap if your eyes get heavy, and be sure to get enough sleep each night
before driving. Avoiding an auto accident is worth the extra time spent resting.
Maintain Safe Distances
Everybody knows that trucks need a bit more stopping distance than the
average passenger car, but many drivers on America’s highways seem
to ignore that fact. To make up for the carelessness of some commuters
and road trippers,
commercial truck drivers need to be particularly vigilant.
Scan the Road Often
Trucks have significant blind spots, so it is important to anticipate passing
vehicles. Also, drivers must be aware of hazards on the road ahead. When
driving, be aware of the road ahead—both immediately and as far
as you can see—and check your mirrors every 10 seconds or so.
Make Use of Lights and Signals
Just as important as seeing the other vehicles on the road is ensuring
that they see you. Of course people will see an enormous truck in the
middle of the day, but at night you will need to make sure your truck
is well lit. Also, make sure that other drivers are aware of your movements
by utilizing your indicators. When pulled over for repairs, make sure
you use lights or reflectors to let other drivers know to give you a wide berth.
If, despite your best safety efforts on the road, you have been in a commercial
trucking accident, you will need the assistance of a civil law attorney.
Rion, Rion & Rion has years of experience in cases involving personal injury and auto accidents.
To learn more, call (937) 223-9133.