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Truck safety Tips

Driving a truck cab be a challenging job and comes with risks. These risks can be increased if working if sever climate conditions or working extra hours. The chances of being involved in any road accident can be minimised by  taking the following steps. If these are followed and you make less claims you should also benefit from lower truck insurance costs.

Ensure your truck is safe to drive

You should be familiar with the truck assigned to you and ensure that you take care of it as though it were your own. You should also inspect your truck regularly. Before embarking on any trip, ensure that you inspect it, checking the brakes, oil, water, and lights among other important parts to ensure that they are in the best working condition or level. 

Carrying out quick and simple checks will reduce accidents that could have been prevented by a simple safety check.  

Air Brake Check

Before embarking on a comprehensive brake test make sure your truck is  on level ground with the park brake set. This is not an easy test, but worth taking time to learn the process for your ongoing safety. 

Reduce Blind Spots

Driving a truck carrying huge containers compromises your vision of areas such as the back of the truck and immediately below the windshield. Statistics indicate that many truck-related accidents are caused by other vehicles approaching these blind spots. 

To reduce the occurrence of such accidents, it is important to increase your vision all round your truck. This can be done by extra mirrors installed at different angles.

Plan safety routes and secure cargo

Select the safest routes that have less pedestrians and vehicle traffic to use on your trip. It is also best to choose a route that is more familiar to you. To enhance safety, never overload your truck. 

You should also ensure that the load is properly secured. The outcome of not securing the cargo can be often be witnessed on the motorways. Proper loading and securing also helps to maintain balance when you turning at sharp corners and tight curves.

Drive at an appropriate speed to the prevailing conditions

Drive the truck at a safe speed especially at high traffic areas and when turning. The weight of the truck has an impact on its momentum so you should always slow down well in advance when braking and turning. You can also enhance your safety and that of other road users by not tailgating. Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.

Make other drivers aware of your intentions

Use all the signals that you have at your disposal. This includes lights and hand signals to alert other drivers of your intentions. You can also use stickers or paint warnings on the sides and rear of the truck so that other drivers are informed to take necessary caution.

Eamonn Turley

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