May 10, 2021

4 essential tips to keep yourself safe on the road

The first and most important topic in the truck driving industry is driver safety. It is also one of the biggest concerns. According to the World Health Organizaton, approximately 1.35 million people die each year in road accidents. As truck drivers spend most of the time on the road, amongst all other drivers, they have to be prepared for anything. It is not an easy career, driving a truck for a living is a dangerous job, but professional drivers have a great deal of skill and common sense. That is what keeps you alive when you’re faced with some tense moments.

Our 4 essential truck driving safety tips

1.Avoid using your phone while driving
Did you know that 1 out of every 4 accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving? Not only that is distracting and can lead to a serious accident, but it’s also careless and illegal in most states to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. If you are using your phone while driving, you can’t know everything going on around you. When talking about distracted driving, talking on the phone, or texting (using your phone generally) is the greatest risk.

2.Wear your seatbelt at all times
This is the most basic thing you should do when entering your truck. Although the law requires wearing a seatbelt, some drivers don’t belt up, which is the bigger concern in terms of their safety than they think. Use it properly, ensure a comfortable fit, and enjoy your ride.

3.Plan your trip
Always take some time to prepare yourself for the trip ahead of you. Check weather reports, how many bridges are on your route, traffic conditions, and especially your delivery spots. This last thing is most often ignored by truck drivers, but it is essential to see how much area you have for turning around, obstacles that may be in your way, etc.

4.Deal with fatigue
There is no better cure for fatigue than good rest. No matter how you planned your trip, and your breaks, make unscheduled stops if you need to rest for a while. Get out of your truck, take a short hike, stretch, eat a healthy meal, and refresh. If you’re sick, on cold medications, or just tired, take some time off. That’s much better for your overall health, and you won’t risk driving poorly. Sometimes less means more.

Some of our tips may seem like basic advice, something you already know, but it costs us nothing to remind you from time to time how important your safety is. Here at AAA Freight Inc., we care about our drivers and other employees, because you’re our most important asset. We wish you safe drives, clean records, and the best of luck. God bless you!

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