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Being on the road constantly is considered high-risk. That and inhaling truck fumes is dangerous to your long term health. It is important as a trucker that you are taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you are being safe. 

Truck Driver Safety tips for new and seasoned drivers: 

  1. Use your signals
  2. Follow the parking rules
  3. Take the necessary precautions during hazardous weather
  4. If you’re in it for the long haul be careful 

Use your signals

It is important when driving a large truck with a heavy load that you use the proper signals. You don’t want to cause an accident due to the lack of. Always be sure to test your signals before heading out on the road to ensure that none of your lights are out. You should always slow down early to warn other drivers, use appropriate turn signals, don’t be afraid to use your flashers during bad weather, and try to stay in your lane. 

Follow the parking rules

You want to be sure that you are parking in a way that promotes safety and state laws. You should use the parking that is set aside for big trucks, and never park on the side of the road unless your rig is having trouble where speed limits are high. You also want to make sure that your truck isn’t facing oncoming traffic and that when your truck is parked that it’s not blocking other motorist’s view of traffic. 

Take the necessary precautions during hazardous weather

Weather is one of the big ones. The type of weather we are having should dictate how you are driving. A change in weather raises your risk for an accident. During winter weather be sure that you are leaving enough room between you and the car in front of you in case you have to stop quickly. You also want to make sure that you are carrying tire chains and that your fuel is full during this time of year to avoid condensation buildup. 

If you’re in it for the long haul be careful 

During long hauls, you want to make sure that you are taking care of your mind and your body. Don’t be afraid to get out and stretch to get your blood flowing and to ease your mind. You will want to make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing so that you are not restricting your blood flow. Also, most importantly, don’t drive while exhausted. 

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