Trucking is a dangerous job, between the obvious road hazards and the effects of sitting for hours on end. While you can’t avoid all of the dangers while hauling cargo, you can employ certain tactics that make the job safer for you and everyone else on the road. Try some of these safety tips while behind the wheel of a big rig:
- Seat belt: Seat belts are essential for stabilizing a trucker’s body during an accident. Without one, a person can be thrown through the windshield or side window, causing more damage as the truck continues moving without a driver.
- Brake: Big rigs take longer to fully stop than passenger vehicles. Applying slow, steady pressure to the brakes well in advance is required for safely stopping.
- Bad weather: Drive slowly during bouts of rain and other bad weather to keep from sliding or jackknifing.
- Blind spot: Make good use of your mirrors when turning and changing lanes to avoid accidents in a truck’s blind spot (or no-zone).
- Exit ramps: Slow your speed when driving over highway entrance or exit ramps. Taking the curves too quickly can cause loss of control or a rollover because of trucks’ high center of gravity.
- Cell phones: Talking on a cell phone is more distracting than you may think and texting while driving can have worse effects than driving while intoxicated. Limit phone usage to your breaks and, if you must make a call, use a hands-free headset.
- Rest: A lack of sleep can make you sluggish and irritable, while reducing your reaction time. Get a full night of sleep before climbing behind the wheel (which goes for any form of driving!).
- Breaks: Take a break every two to four hours to stretch out your arms and legs. Walk a few circles around your truck to relieve the tension that develops from sitting for extended periods of time. Breaks help you stay focused and feel refreshed.
The right coverage is a great way to stay safe. Call Security First Insurance Agency at (810) 732-5800 for more information on Flint MI trucking insurance.