Driving is a hobby for some people but driving a truck is not as easy as you might think. Finding your way through express highway, and delivering goods on time is not an easy task. The first and most important thing for truck drivers is to ensure they have a commercial driving license. Extra precaution must be exercised when driving a truck. Below are some perfect safety rules for truck drivers to help them have a safe ride.
Reduce Speed on Curves
As a driver, you must follow the speed limit to reduce chances of crashing. When it comes to trucking, adhering to the speed limit signs at times is still too fast and particularly at entrance and exit points. Set the speed far lower than the posted speed when going through any curve.
Maintain the Truck
Check the truck thoroughly before you use it. Every morning check the mirrors, fluid level, horn and the braking system which are essential given the weight of the truck when riding on them. If you suspect or spot anything unusual, don’t take it for granted instead let it get checked by the mechanic.
Be Cautious at Blind Spots
There are no zones spots where other motorists are not aware of them, and they go ahead and use these spots e.g. directly behind the truck, behind the side mirrors and off to the side just in front of the cab. It is upon you to exercise caution if you realize other motorists are not aware of these trouble spots, and they are driving dangerously close.
Maintain Distance with other Motorists
While driving a truck, ensure you have maintained a safe distance in front, back and even sideways with other motorists. This will prevent unnecessary collision with other motorists.
Take Care of Yourself
Truck driving is not all about the truck but also yourself. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat healthy, little bit of exercises and having quality time at home will help you to remain refreshed when you are behind the wheel.
Adjust for Bad Weather
When driving a truck and the weather is hostile, reduce the speed by one-third on wet roads and one-half if the weather is snow. Take your time to maneuver if the weather is not good. Before changing lanes, allow your indicator to blink for about five times.
Truck driving is not like driving a personal car. This is a commercial vehicle, and therefore, precaution has to be taken when driving.