Professional drivers hold a responsibility to keep others on the road safe, themselves safe, and their most valuable asset safe – their truck. Some general reminders for drivers to avoid accidents are listed below, but it is most important to ALWAYS use your best judgement in situations on the road.
Keep your eyes moving, and your body alert. Look far down the road in front of you and around you, so that you are prepared for what is up ahead. At night, be even more alert. A good night's rest is vital to maintain an alert mind, so you can react to potential dangers. Read about other healthy ways to keep your body in gear.
Dodge Busy Traffic
The more drivers on the highway, the higher chance of accident. Whenever possible avoid driving during busy hours or on high traffic roads.
Change Lanes as Little as Possible
Know your blind spots. Constantly check your mirrors and know the whereabouts of all vehicles that surround you. Cars like to whip in and out of lanes. The greatest way to reduce accidents is to pick a lane and stay in it; if you need to move, do so very carefully.
Check Out the Delivery Area by Foot First
Before backing your trailer in and getting stuck in a jam or blind siding obstacles, step out and study the delivery area by foot, especially if it’s a drop location you've never made before. This tip will save you from any unexpected surprises and make the transition much easier.
When you’re on a time schedule, sometimes it is difficult not to speed to your destination. As safety is concerned, do not just drive as fast as you think you can get away with. Don't take that risk. Plus, big trucks require slower speeds around corners and ramps. By traveling slowly around those sharp curves, you maintain total control and remain upright.
Leave room in front of your rig
Maintain a cushion of distance in front of you and the vehicle ahead of you at all times. If it takes driving slower to keep that distance between you and traffic, do it. The more space you have between your truck and those up ahead, the more break time you have to correct, if needed. Keep your truck and others on the road far from harm.
Before leaving on a trip and at stops, take the time to check up on your rig. Check up for soft tires, and dripping coolant or oil, and air leaks. Check the load you’re hauling, too. You don’t want to be on the road when you discover these problems.
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If only we could control everything - any of these near collisions could have been a devastating crash.
With these simple reminders, You can avoid those accidents that bring your life to a screeching halt. TVC Insurance protects you from the unexpected with our Oklahoma auto insurance options.