Safety Tips On The Road For Avoiding A Trucking Accident

Truckers hauling a load this coming holiday are mindful of safety tips on the Road for avoiding a trucking accident. This summer, the roads will be full of travelers on road trips, vacations, sightseeing and celebrating. Often there are reminders for travelers to watch for truckers on the road. Many read and hear about trucker’s blind spots, load weight and stop time limitations. Face it; truckers are on the road doing a job as usual have a heightened sense of safety to consider. These are trucker reminders for avoiding a trucking accident.

A well rested and alert mind is a trucker's best asset.

Alert and well-rested truckers are alert to other drivers that are not necessarily used to traveling long distances and make mistakes. Getting enough rest is important to truckers having to deal with construction, distractions, weather, disoriented travelers and any sudden traffic hazards you encounter.

Increase Safety Checks

Check and recheck your truck each time you stop to look out for safety hazards, maintenance, and any potential concerns relating to your rig. Increased numbers of drivers on the road means that diligence in safety checks is even more important than a usual haul. An aware trucker is a safe trucker.

A Good Plan

Plan and map out your route. Give yourself enough time to allow for unexpected route changes or other unanticipated stops. Do your research on construction zones and any route changes and adjust your route. A GPS is helpful to alert you of any congestion, construction or other navigation needs.

Eyes to the Sky, Ears to the Forecast

Watch the weather. Keep a close eye on the national and local weather reports where you drive through. If you anticipate hazardous weather, keep safety stops and anticipate high winds, flooding or other conditions deemed unsafe for travel.

Impaired Driving is Not Safe Driving

Avoid alcohol and substances that may impair your judgment while on the road. Truckers should have food and water breaks when needed because impairment related to blood sugar, dehydration and hunger are just as important.

Following a few safety tips this summer will help prevent some trucking accidents. Odegaard Miller Law is aware sometimes a trucking accident happens. In the event a trucking accident does happen or if you have questions please Contact us.