Driving any vehicle presents safety risks but trucking jobs that involve maneuvering a large semi down a busy highway significantly increases the likelihood of crashes. At 160 Driving Academy, your safety is our number one priority. We are committed to preparing our students for what lies ahead on the road and continually stress the importance of preventative action.
The truck driving training experts here at 160 Driving Academy have come up with their top tips to help make trucking jobs safer:
1. Watch for Careless Drivers
Other vehicles are a truck driver’s biggest hazard. You can’t control the actions of other drivers and, unfortunately, most people on the road don’t drive with trucking safety in mind. Because of this, you’ll find that cars have no issues with cutting off a large semi or passing a truck with little room ahead. Be on the lookout for careless drivers so you can anticipate their moves before an accident occurs.
2. Allow for Extra Room to Stop
Always leave ample space between you and the car in front of you. When something goes wrong, it often involves something ahead of the driver. The extra space you leave in front of your truck will translate to extra time you have to correct or slow down.
3. Mind Your Blind Spots
Motorists who’ve never driven a large truck before aren’t aware of its blind spots. Unknowingly, other drivers remain in a truck’s blind spots and other low-visibility zones). In order to safely change lanes, it is important to always be diligent in checking these blind spots.
4. Maintain Your Truck and Yourself
Your truck and yourself should always be in perfect working order. Check the vehicles vitals before each drive, paying special attention to the brakes, and always make sure you are rested and energized before getting behind the wheel.
5. Be Mindful of Weather Conditions
Harsh weather conditions make truck driving even more hazardous. When the weather takes a turn, slow down and remain alert.
For more tips and lessons for safe driving, or to start your career as a truck driver, contact the experts at 160 Driving Academy today!