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Truck driver safety tips to avoid accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

One of the best methods of avoiding truck accidents in Georgia is for commercial drivers to adhere to strict safety practices when on the road. Whether they are behind the wheel or taking a break for whatever reason, it is always best for the driver to be thinking safety at all times. “Safety first” is assuredly the focus of the most professional drivers among the ranks, but not all drivers follow a strong personal driving policy. Here are a few basic safety principles for truck drivers in general.

Drive defensively

The concept of defensive driving is more than just a motto when it comes to truck drivers. Observing speed limits and maintaining a safe distance from frontal vehicles is a good first principle. Following all rules of the road and maintaining a well-illuminated rig is another good step in avoiding commercial vehicle accidents.

Regular truck inspection

One of the primary causes of truck accidents is external mechanical failure. Drivers should always look the rig over completely when stopping because loads can shift on flatbeds and truck tire treads can work loose when the rig has been on the highway for long periods in rough highway conditions.

Follow highway rules and regulations intently

There are specific rules and regulations that apply to truck drivers when on the road. One is a driving hours limit for each shift as well as a required rest period following a stop. Additionally, there is also a limit on the number of hours a driver may drive monthly. Adherence to these rules is vital for a safety-conscious driver.

The truth is that many employers actually keep these records and have major control over driver requirements. However, they often need certain deliveries made by a deadline, and reporting can be altered to fit the schedule. Truly professional drivers should always keep this in mind.