4 Truck Driver Safety Tips

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In 2012, 756 truck drivers were killed due to a work-related injury and over 65,000 had to take time off work after a workplace injury. Seventy percent of fatal truck driver injuries were due to roadway accidents. Stay safe on the road by following these four tips:

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1. Perform regular truck maintenance

A quick check of your truck every morning can keep you safe on the road. Before heading out for the day, make sure your truck is in proper working order:

  • Do your brakes and horn work properly?
  • Are your mirrors intact and correctly positioned?
  • Are your truck’s brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid at the correct level?
  • Are there any coolant or oil leaks?

If anything is wrong with your rig, be sure to get it repaired before starting your drive.

2. Increase following distance

Keeping a long following distance can seem unnecessary on the road, but it’s one of the most important steps truck drivers can take to avoid an accident. Proper following distance gives you more reaction time to unexpected events on the road and can be crucial to avoiding an accident. Trucks should always stay at least seven seconds behind the car in front of them and increase following distance during inclement weather.

3. Adjust to inclement weather

Bad weather can cause a variety of problems for truck drivers. Be prepared for bad weather by checking weather reports along your route. If you must drive through rain or snow, adjust your speed appropriately. Reduce your speed by one-third when roads are wet and by half when they’re snowy or icy. Take extra care to alert other drivers to your actions. Slow down gradually and keep your turn signal on longer before turning or changing lanes

4. Take care of yourself

Truck drivers sometimes sacrifice their own wellbeing to meet tight delivery schedules, but doing so can lead to tired, restless drivers who are more likely to be involved in a crash. Getting enough rest is one of the most important steps drivers can take to keep themselves safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue causes over 100,000 crashes each year, leading to 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries. Eating well and exercising regularly are also important for staying alert on the road. Try to exercise for at least 15 minutes each day and replace fast food with healthier packed meals with energy-boosting foods such as almonds, peanut butter, bananas, beans, and spinach.

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