Oft Forgotten Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

Oft Forgotten Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

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https://www.crengland.com/truck-driving-schools - Fresh out of CDL school and with a driver trainer in the seat next to you, it is pretty easy to remember the safety tips drilled into your head over the last six weeks. But the day will come when every new driver begins driving solo. That day will turn into weeks, then months, and then years. Five or six years down the road, it is quite easy to forget some of the safety tips learned early on.

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Oft Forgotten Safety Tips for Truck Drivers
Fresh out ofCDL school and with a driver trainerin the seat next to you, it is pretty easy to remember the safety tips drilled into your head over the last six weeks. But the day will come when every new driver begins driving solo. That day will turn into weeks, then months, and then years. Five or six years down the road, it is quite easy to forget some of the safety tips learned early on.
Trucking jobs are such that most experienced drivers remember basic things like reducing speed in bad weather and not following too closely. But there are other safety tips that are more easily forgotten. These are the tips drivers need to be reminded of from time to time.
Don’t Ignore Driver Fatigue
How many of us have found ourselves behind the wheel when we should have already stopped to rest? Just about every driver is guilty of driving while fatigued, whether operating a passenger car or truck. The thing truckers should always remember is that they are more susceptible to driver fatigue than non-professionals.
Learn to recognize the signs of driver fatigue so that you can pull off the road and take a rest before something bad happens. Those signs include difficulty concentrating, forgetting the last few miles covered, excessive yawning, etc. Drivers should never wait until they start wandering onto the rumble strips to take a break.
Caution When Switching Lanes
Switching lanes is one of the most dangerous things truckers have to do on multi-lane highways. Every driver knows to check blind spot mirrors to make sure nobody is riding along either side before making a lane change, but being safe requires checking more than just those two spots. Drivers should also look well behind their rigs to make sure a car or SUV isn’t ƋuiĐkly gaining –that car could make a quick lane change to pass and cause an accident. Drivers should also be looking for turn signals that might indicate a car is getting ready to change lanes. Also, leaning forward and back to see around the mirrors is an important step and slowing down 2 to 3 MPH before making the lane change.
When Passing Other Trucks
Passing other trucks on multi-lane highways is part of the trucking job. Drivers should not hesitate when it comes time to do so. If the truck is going slow enough to require passing it, the driver of the second truck needs to make a decision and go. Being hesitant could mean spending too much time side-by-side at highway speeds. This is never a good thing. Two trucks side-by-side doubles the risks of things like blown tires and impatient car drivers.
Pay Attention to Signage
Anyone who follows trucking news has seen plenty of stories about can opener crashes. What are can opener crashes? They are crashes that occur when drivers attempt to drive their rigs under low hanging bridges. The tractor may fit, but the trailer does not. Impact with the bridge rips the top of the trailer off like a can opener opening a tin of sardines.
Can opener crashes are a constant reminder for truckers to pay attention to signage. It is not just low-hanging bridges and overpasses that drivers need to worry about. Signage warns drivers of pending lane reductions, roads that might be Đlosed, ĐonstƌuĐtion zones, and so on. Signs aƌe the tƌuĐk dƌiveƌ’s ďest fƌiend.
C.R. Englandis firmly committed to safe driving. It is a concerted effort by our drivers to do the things necessary to stay as safe as possible at all times. The tips mentioned here are part of that.