Professional truck driving is a hard and dangerous job. Even though there is rigorous training, drivers are exposed to environments, loads, and weather situations that can be beyond their control. It takes a lot of skill to navigate the roadways of the country safely, and these big rig driver tips can reduce your risk of accident or injury.
Stay Rested and Alert
There isn’t always enough time between loads to get mentally and physically prepared for your next haul. The yard may need to be mowed, you may have errands to run, or you have friends and family to visit. Staying too busy can affect your ability to stay alert when driving down the road. Always take time to get enough rest before you head out.
Follow the Weather Reports
While it may be sunny and clear when you leave, your route may take you into a bad storm. Check the weather for where you are and where you are headed to avoid surprises. Wet roads and limited visibility can be dangerous for you and other motorists.
Keep Up With Maintenance
You increase your risk of an accident if your tires are worn thin, your lights aren’t working, or the brakes have started to slip. Keep up with the maintenance on your rig and have any suspicious or abnormal noise checked out right away.
Common sense has a lot to do with your safety as a truck driver. These tips, as well as your training, can help keep you safe as your travel.