Truck Accident Prevention Tips
There is a reason why drivers need special licence to drive large trucks or lorries. Due to their big size, weight and power trucks are much more prone to accidents than the average vehicle, not to forget trucks usually drive in highways that are magnets for accidents.
Large trucks have many blind spots than usual vehicles. Controlling bigger trucks is a lot trickier.
Here’s What You Can Do To Avoid Truck Accidents:
- Things To Check Before You Take Your Truck Out
- Check for fluids levels and any leaks before you take out your truck for a drive. If you see leaks down the side of your engine, make sure to fix it.
- See that the fan belts are tight and secure.
- Make sure all the wires are at their place. If any wire is burned or has the insulation removed, cover it with electric tape.
- Lubricate the hydraulics, shock absorbers, ball joints if you see they have dried out.
- Check to see all the tires are in good condition. Check if they are all properly inflated, if you see debris stuck to the tires, remove it before taking your truck out.
- Turn on all the lights on your truck and visibly inspect to see every light is working properly.
- Take a little test drive, to check the brakes and to see if all the wheels are turning properly.
2. Get Proper Training
Since trucks are far less maneuverable than cars it very important that you have proper training. Most training courses needs months of preparation before you finally get a commercial driver’s licence to run a large truck. Your training will include how to make controlled turns, how to stay in one lane or switch lanes, how to handle traffic, reversing semis, and parking. They also need to learn to record hours spent driving, transport hazardous material and operate air brakes.
3. Know When To Take A Rest
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that drivers must take 10 hours of rest and should not at any circumstance work over 14 consecutive hours, this includes time spent on pre-trips, fueling, post-trips, and uploads). Although these are the standard regulation, it is up to you to decide when you need to rest.
Falling asleep while driving is a major cause of accidents for overworked drivers. Driving big vehicles needs lot of focus, and full attention. Drivers driving on highways where every vehicle is driving at a high speed could be potentially life threatening if you lose control. Take proper rest, and avoid driving if you are tired.
4. Be Sober
If you are a CDL holder 0.04 is considered legally drunk. Truck drivers are more closely monitored for drinking. Drinking or carrying any alcoholic drinks onboard is a punishable offence and rightfully so.
So you need to be completely sober while driving heavy vehicles. Even a little alcohol in your system can make you lose focus and can lead to accidents.
5. Do Not Talk On A Cell Phone While Driving
Well, this one goes for all drivers whether car or commercial. However, you have less control over heavy vehicles, so a small wrong step can lead to big accidents. Avoid talking on phone while driving to be safe.
6. Be Mindful Of The Weather
- If you see the weather is going to be bad, do not take your truck out. Heavy wind, tornadoes, heavy rain are all very dangerous for large trucks.
- Do not take your truck out on icy roads. Since trucks are way heavier than normal cars, it is literally impossible to get it under control once the truck loses traction.
7. Check For Proper Load Distribution
any of the truck accidents happen due to improper load distribution. If one side of your truck is heavier than the other, it is more likely that you will lose control while taking turns or steering. Improper load distribution can put pressure on one of your tires and damage it as well.
8. Check Wheel Axles
Check wheel axles, nut lugs and wheel bearing before you take your truck out. Improperly fixed wheel can detach from axel and cause your threat to people driving around you on the road.
9. Avoid Blind Spots
If you are a car driver, avoid blind spots on the trucks. If you can’t see the driver’s reflection in the rear view mirror, you are in a blind spot of the truck. Keep a good distance from a truck to save yourself from potential accidents.
10. Call 911
In case of emergency try not to panic and call 911 immediately. If someone is injured, try to stay by their side until help arrives.