If you are a truck driver, it’s important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. You have the power to cause a lot of damage and destruction when you work behind the wheel.
Here are some of the common truck driving mistakes you should beware of:
1. Overloaded Trucks
When you are hauling a heavy load, you must do so safely. Do not overload your truck, whether by weight or the amount of space.
Overloading your truck increases the chances of an accident and puts you and others at risk. Additionally, it is illegal to overload your truck as per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Speeding is one of the most common trucks driving mistakes. You must drive within your speed limit to stay alert and give yourself ample time to react in case of any danger or accidents.
Besides that, speeding is also illegal, and drivers who are caught speeding risk fines, suspension of their driving license, and even imprisonment.
3. Unsafe Vehicle Operation
If you are driving an old, unsafe truck, you could risk yourself and others. Do not operate any vehicle if it is not roadworthy or the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance has not been performed.
Always ensure any necessary repairs have been done, no matter how minor they may seem.
4. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in most states. You are not only posing a danger to yourself but to those around you as well. If you suspect that you are intoxicated, do not drive your vehicle. Alternatively, find a professional to drive you or catch another ride.
Ensure you avoid alcohol and drugs before hitting the road to prevent such accidents.
5. Distracted Driving
There are many ways you can get distracted when driving. It’s important to stay focused on the road no matter what. Disengage all distracting factors, such as cell phones or loud music, by turning them off or putting them away.
To ensure you are not easily distracted, get enough sleep and keep your eyes on the road at all times. You could even take a break every two hours to relax your mind.
6. Failing to Give Cues
Negligence of a commercial vehicle is a big risk. When turning, changing lanes, or performing any other maneuver, you must make it clear to others by giving them plenty of visual and audible cues. You could risk yourself and others’ lives if you fail to give adequate cues.
Never do anything that might be confusing as it could result in an accident. Always communicate your intentions clearly and be able to distinguish any danger signs as well.
7. Ignoring the Rules of the Road
Introducing yourself to an unfamiliar road or traveling in a foreign state will add another point of risk. Before you begin your journey, make sure you take the time to familiarize yourself with the road and any rules that may differ from your home state.