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26.05.2016 - 20:08

Semi Safety Tips for First-Time Truck Drivers

As a truck driver, you must be aware of the safety those around you. Being the biggest thing on the road comes with its responsibilities. Here are some ways that you can prevent collisions and keep everyone happy on the road.

Semi-trucks seem to be getting bigger and bigger every day. They’re like small trains driving next to you on the highway. It’s not uncommon to get extra hesitant when you see a big truck coming toward you as it makes a sharp turn. People get nervous when passing a semi-truck on the road and as such tend to drive in a way they normally wouldn’t. As a truck driver, you must be aware of the safety those around you. Being the biggest thing on the road comes with its responsibilities. Here are some ways that you can prevent collisions and keep everyone happy on the road:

 

Truck Accidents Happen Often in Major Cities

 

Semi-truck accidents frequently happen in crowded cities populated with cars and pedestrians. For example, truck accidents in Las Vegas tend to occur more frequently with the addition of taxis, limos and tourists everywhere you drive. The risk is especially high at night as perceptions tend to falter. As the one driving the big truck, drive wisely and watch out for others even if they aren’t watching out for you.

 

Watch Your Speed

 

Follow the speed limit and use good reasoning. It takes longer to stop a semi than a regular car, so give yourself more braking time. It may be especially frustrating when cars cut into the gap you allow in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Give yourself enough room to make up for those lane-changing cars.

 

Think Before You Turn

 

Think ahead of any turn before you take it. Do not wait until the last second and then turn without thinking. Long before you reach that turn, decide which moves you will make. A semi-truck turns far wider than a car does, remember to compensate for the angle.

 

Take a Break

 

The biggest fault of many truck drivers is lack of rest. They are known to drive for long periods of time, so they need to take occasional breaks. Every few hours, take your eyes off the road and focus on something other than driving.

 

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

 

Nowadays, you hear about accidents that are related to cell phones. In addition to falling asleep and eating while driving, drivers are texting and talking on their cell phones. As a first time truck driver, you cannot afford to risk your safety this way. No text message is so important that you must take it while you drive.

Truck drivers earn their livelihood on the road. They cannot afford to deal with lawsuits from people they have injured in accidents. If you are starting out in this profession, you have to be even more cautious than an experienced driver. Put the safety of you and everyone else on the road at the top of your list.

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