How to stay safe as a truck driver

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2022 | Personal Injury

Being a commercial truck driver comes with many responsibilities. For one, you likely have to work on a hectic schedule and meet tight deadlines. You may also have to transport hazardous materials across long distances. But regardless of your duties, traffic safety should always be a high priority for you.

In 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collected data on work-related deaths in Hawaii, and they found that 46% of the fatalities came from incidences that occurred during transportation. This shows how critical it is that you use caution when driving your truck.

Preparing

Some of the most important safety measures you can take are before you get on the road. During loading, you should ensure that the materials are secure and the weight is even. You should look at your route beforehand and prepare for any detours or unique road conditions. Not all navigation systems will cover commercial vehicle restrictions such as weight limitations, so keep this in mind when you plan.

Driving

You should constantly look ahead and check your mirrors for potential dangers. When you enter a work zone, be extra vigilant of vehicles that may be in your blind spots. Distracted driving is becoming a larger problem, so drive defensively and give your truck enough space to brake.

There are many things that can go wrong when you are always on the road, but this does not mean things have to go wrong. With the right foresight, you can decrease the risk of an accident and enjoy a smoother workday.