Although they are the largest vehicles on the road, many drivers are taking their safety for granted around semi-trucks. Despite the advances in vehicle safety technology, trucking fatalities are at a 30-year high. There are many preventable causes of trucking accidents, many of which the truck driver can avoid. By spreading awareness of what truck drivers can avoid, they may be able to help reduce fatalities by taking these preventative measures:
Maintain their vehicles
Commercial trucks get much more mileage than passenger vehicles, and their tires and brakes can wear down faster than you may expect. Although it may be difficult to maintain 18 tires and brake pads, it is a necessary precaution for all drivers.
GPS systems, a truck’s dashboard, and cellphones can all take a driver’s attention away from the road for far too long. Because of the long time drivers spend on the road, eating and trying to stretch their bodies can also become considerable distractions.
Driving for too long can come with additional problems. Trucker fatigue is a serious issue that can cause a driver to lose focus on the road or even fall asleep behind the wheel. When drivers work longer than they should, it can create a life-threatening problem for those around them.
Truck drivers are just like anyone else, and can be susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse, which can be deadly while driving. Instead of narcotics and alcohol, some drivers may take over-the-counter pills to keep them awake. These pills can affect their ability to drive and magnify driver fatigue’s effects.
A trucker may try to get ahead of schedule to earn a longer break by speeding, or they may be running late. No matter the excuse, speeding in a vehicle that can weigh several tons is extremely dangerous, especially when these vehicles need more time and space to come to a safe and complete stop.
Put safety first
While there are things that passenger vehicle drivers can do to protect themselves and their passengers, everyone must take precautions to keep our roads safe. By taking preventative measures of driving safe, avoiding reckless habits and maintaining their vehicles, truck drivers can do their part to protect everyone.