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After completing your training as a truck driver and hitting the road, it's easy for a lot of what you've learned to slip away over time. It should go without saying, but your top priority as a truck driver is to stay safe and avoid accidents at all times. Getting the load where it needs to go always comes second. There are plenty of ways to put safety first when driving a truck. Pick up a few excellent tips below.
Maintain Your Truck Properly
A poorly maintained truck is a dangerous truck. It is your responsibility to ensure that your truck receives maintenance in a timely manner. In addition to having routine maintenance performed on time, you need to keep your eyes peeled for potential problems. Make sure to perform quick inspections of your truck's hoses, fluids and oil levels. Watch out for leaks. Pay special attention to tires because when they blow out, serious accidents often occur. Most importantly, do not mess around when it comes to brakes. If something seems awry, have them inspected right away.
Get Plenty of Rest
You should never get behind the wheel of your truck when you're overly fatigued. Getting a shipment there on time isn't worth the injuries or fatalities that could occur due to operating a huge, heavy truck with heavy lids.
Be Vigilant in Work Zones
Nearly two-thirds of all truck accidents take place in work zones, and they usually happen because drivers aren't obeying posted speed limits or are following too closely. It's frustrating to have to slow to a crawl in work zones, but it's a necessary precaution. The risks of moving too quickly just aren't worth it.
Keep Your Blind Spots in Mind
All drivers have to deal with blind spots, but truckers have it even worse. You need to be completely aware of your "no zone" and act accordingly. Approximately one-third of all car-truck accidents happen when truck drivers fail to see cars that are in their blind spots.
Maintain a Safe Distance
If you hit another vehicle from behind, you're always at fault. You can bet your bottom dollar that a truck accident attorney will get the court to see in his client's favor. As an experienced truck driver, you should know how long it takes to bring your truck to a complete stop. With that in mind, never follow too closely.
A lot goes into driving a truck with safety. By keeping these tips in mind, you might just get through your trucking career without being involved in any serious accidents.