Safety Tips for Truck Drivers
- May 25, 2016
- Posted by: Janell R. Koehler
- Category: Education
Truckers are one of the most important and under-valued workers in America today. Without truckers to haul and deliver materials, products, and goods, much of this country would grind to a screeching halt. It is a rewarding yet challenging career that is in high demand. While it may be tempting to take advantage of trucking companies hiring today, it is important to know what you are getting into and to know best practices of safe truck drivers out on the road.
Most trucking companies have their own safety protocols for driving, but here are some basics all drivers should know and follow every time they head out:
- Always go through the company’s standard pre-trip inspection before you leave the premises and start your haul route.
- Check your tire pressure before your route. Low air pressure can increase the risk of a blowout, reduce traction, and cause excessive wear or damage to the tires.
- Scrape ice, snow, and debris off all windows and the hood.
- Drive slowly during poor weather or reduced visibility and never exceed the maximum speed limit.
- Check to make sure the windshield wiper blades are clean, in good order, and are working properly. In addition, it’s best to check your wiper fluid levels to make sure they are full.
- Be mindful of others on the road, pay attention to everything around you, anticipate vehicles coming in from all directions, and slow down when vehicles pull in front of you.
- Never talk on the phone or use a hands-free device when driving in poor weather conditions. Even in good driving conditions, a hands-free device should only be used sparingly and briefly!
- Always buckle up and make sure to use the standard safety belts, both lap and shoulder straps, every time you drive the truck no matter how far you are going.
- Stop when needed during harsh weather conditions and pull off at all rest areas and safety zones to check the truck and rig to ensure everything is intact and in good working order.
- Always make sure you have your lights on when driving to increase visibility — remember that in rain, snow, and fog low beams are often better because there is less glare.
- Keep an eye on the fuel levels and ensure you have enough fuel to make it to the next stop. In winter, keep the tank at least half full to reduce issues with moisture and freezing.
Following these tips will keep you and everyone else on the road safe.