In the trucking industry, driver safety is a significant concern. Many accidents and injuries can be avoided if specific safety rules are followed. There are numerous things you can do daily as a truck driver to safeguard your own safety along with the safety of other drivers on the road. You can not only protect your drivers by enhancing their safety, but you can also cut costs related to accidents, claim settlements, and increases in insurance premiums. The safety of your truck drivers can be easily enhanced by fostering a work environment that actively coaches, trains, and rewards the most cautious drivers. Continue reading for our most satisfactory truck driving guidelines and guidance on how to improve your fleet’s overall safety.
Keep An Eye Out For Blind Areas
Being in such a massive truck that is so high off the ground might make it difficult for drivers of tractor-trailers or trucks to see cars behind or even next to their vehicle. A blind spot can be defined as surrounding area of a vehicle that a driver cannot see immediately. Over 840,000 accidents occur each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), due to blind spots. The majority of these collisions happen when cars are changing lanes. Because rear-view and side mirrors aren’t always reliable for detecting blind spots, encourage drivers to scan the area out windows and over their shoulders while changing lanes. Moreover, when merging, remind them to allow plenty of area around their vehicles.
Seatbelts Are Lifesavers
Wear your seatbelt! Well, everyone knows this thing, but it bears repeating: wear your seatbelt! Despite repeated reminders, hundreds of truck drivers are killed each year due to accidents while not wearing a seatbelt. More than 50% of fatal semi-truck accidents are due to rollovers. You’re 30 times more likely to live if you wear a seatbelt! Many truck drivers believe that their truck’s size protects them. Even at low speeds, a direct hit can bring your vehicle to a complete stop, sending you forward at the same speed as before. Even at moderate speeds of 10 to 15 mph, accidents can result in life-threatening injuries.
Maintain Your Composure, Cool, and Collected Demeanour
Road rage is a significant hazard to driving safety. It can be tempting to engage in road rage actions such as tailgating or weaving between lanes when truckers are cut off, honked at, or otherwise harassed by other cars—drivers who allow their anger to govern their driving risk injuring themselves and others. Encourage your drivers to put more distance between themselves and furious drivers to de-escalate road rage situations.
Make 3 Second Rule as Your Mantra
The three-second rule is a good rule to follow when it comes to preventing forward and rear crashes. This rule stipulates that truck drivers should allow three full seconds between the time the car in front of them arrives at a specific position on the road and the time it takes the truck driver to arrive at the exact location. Drivers should increase the follow time to 5 seconds in case there is heavy rain or winds. If the roads are icy, the follow time should be around 10 seconds.
Test Your Brakes And Safety Features On A Regular Basis
The popularity of trailers on the road is enormous. There have been infinite advancements in brake technology, but just because you have all sensors and equipment in the world doesn’t mean you shouldn’t undertake pre-trip inspections and brake checks on lengthy journeys. A semi-trailer on the loose can be a terrible scenario. And it can happen to anyone – even after a flawless pre-check examination! Regular semi-truck safety inspections save lives!
It’s not only crucial for your health and well-being to stay safe on the road. Your safety has a direct influence on other road users as well as your bottom line. Keep these semi-truck safety tips in mind the next time you’re on the road.