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Truck Driver Tips: Safety and Control
One of the hardest jobs is that of a truck driver. It’s enough to deal with fuel prices and the instability of the job market, but driving a big rig is no easy task either. This is why it's important to know the right way to handle your vehicle on the road. Here are some tips which can help you stay safe while out there!
- Three Points of Contact
- Lights ON
- Speed Limits
Using sunglasses is one of the most important ways to protect your eyes and improve vision. Sunglasses can also help reduce glare and eye strain, which you will need to think about when driving long hours.
- Avoid Distractions
You don't want to be fumbling with things while you're driving, so keep everything within easy reach: cell phone, CDs/radio presets, your drink.
Don't text while driving! It takes an average of 4 seconds for people who are texting while driving at 55 mph need before their reaction times slow down enough that they can miss something right in front of them - like another car coming into their lane! Save your breakups and difficult conversations for when you are safely parked somewhere.
- Seven Second Rule
Try to leave about seven seconds worth of space between you and other vehicles you are following. Trucks need about twice as much space to come to a stop than regular cars. Weather conditions are uncertain, and truck drivers cannot always tell if the road is slippery due to rain or previous snowfall, so it's important that you give yourself enough room to react should something happen.
Defensive driving may be annoying, but it does work.
Being a trucker is a noble profession and requires a high level of responsibility. No matter how long your trip or how often you’ve gone, you can never be too safe or too "used to" the road. The job is unpredictable. You may be great, but others may not be so great at their driving. These tips may seem like common sense things to do, but they can make a big difference in your life and the lives of others. Safe travels and keep on trucking!