Even after clearing their CDL test, several truckers don’t drive safely. The reasons can be many. Did you know that there were 300,000 accidents in 2012 that involved large trucks? This was reported by the US National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.
To ensure you drive safely, follow these tips.
1.Decrease speed in work zones
If you check the statistics related to work-zone accidents, you will realize 1/3rd involve large trucks. Don’t go through interstate construction in hurry.
2.Focus on maintenance
Check your vehicle daily. Ensure fluid levels, mirrors, and horns are working fine. And, don’t forget to check the brakes. In case you notice an issue, report the dispatch instantly. Visit your mechanic at least once a month for a regular maintenance check.
3.Maintain speed on curves
There are some areas where you need to keep the speed slower than what’s mentioned on the road sign. This rule is applicable when you are on exit/entrance ramps.
4.Take the blind spots seriously
The crashes occur mainly in the “no zones.” Common “no zones” include the region directly behind the truck and the area behind the side mirrors.
5.Load cargo cautiously
The drag on the truck is directly proportional to the height you have stacked your cargo. Stack lower and spread cargo throughout the space. This also helps you improve the fuel economy.