Semi-truck drivers have important jobs in ensuring products, goods, food, medical supplies, and other essentials items are transported and delivered across the country. Driving a truck requires truck drivers to be alert and aware to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of other truck drivers and motorists.
As a truck driver, you want to make sure to pay attention and use these great safety tips for truck drivers every time you get behind the wheel.
1. Check your side mirrors often and know what is around your truck and trailer.
You should periodically check your side mirrors to have an idea of whether there could be other vehicles in your blind spots. Knowing what is around you allows you to plan an “escape” route, should you need to change lanes suddenly.
2. Pay attention to what is in front of you.
Look as far down the highway as you can see. This helps you anticipate potential problems and start planning now, before getting to a point in the road where cars merge onto the freeway or broken-down vehicles litter the side of the road.
3. Maintain proper distancing from other vehicles.
You want to allow yourself as much space as possible all around your truck. In heavy traffic, slow down to maintain sufficient following distances and time to react if needed.
4. Be aware of road conditions.
You should pay attention to road conditions to adjust your speed or stop when needed. You could also install RoadWatch® Sensors to always know the outdoor and pavement temperatures and have an early warning should road conditions deteriorate.
5. Slow down in construction zones.
Construction zones can be unpredictable with lane shifts and sharp curves. Traffic may even stop unexpectedly. By driving slower, you can adapt faster to changes in the road or traffic.
6. Monitor your gauges and GPS.
Every now and then, glance at the dash to make sure there are no warning lights on. Take a moment to glance at the GPS, which can show accidents, traffic congestion, and other useful information so you can start preparing now.
7. Replace worn-out truck seats.
Nothing is more distracting when driving than a worn-out, uncomfortable truck seat. You can find custom truck seats with the features and options you want at Suburban Seating & Safety. Shop our truck seats online now or contact us at 844-727-7328 for further assistance.