Take breaks every time you feel you need one
If you feel you are getting drowsy, your eyes are getting tired, you should take a break. Pay attention to signs of exhaustion and take a break, a quick power nap can be really refreshing.
Keep the distance between the vehicles
Don’t tailgate, keep a safe distance between you and the vehicles up front. Trucks, especially the larger or loaded ones take longer to stop. In case of a car braking abruptly in front of you, your truck will need the extra room to be able to stop safely and not cause an accident. Leave road room for the other vehicles in traffic.
Wear the seat belt at all times
Truck drivers, especially when driving a big rig, are feeling very safe in their solid trucks. But in an accident, the truck can roll over and hit static objects causing severe injuries to the driver. Always wear a seatbelt.
Reduce your speed in populated areas, construction zones and in bad weather. Only drive as fast as the road conditions and speed limits allow you too. Speed limits are set for the safety of all vehicles and people involved in the traffic.
Check blind spots
Make sure to check and recheck if necessary, your blind spots before making a lane change or merging. Be aware of the blind spots when setting up for a dock or maneuvering in tight areas.
Use flashers every time is necessary
If you have any mechanical issues that might force you to drive slowly, or perhaps when you are carrying heavy loads and over-sized items that cause you to drive under the speed limit for an extended period of time, use your flashers to alert other drivers.
Take precautions when forced to pull over
If you have to pull over on the side of the road for a mechanical issue, make sure to use your flashers, reflective triangles and road flares to alert other drivers and keep yourself safe.
Be aware of medication side effects
Some medications may make you drowsy. Even certain types of cough syrup can have an impact on your driving reactions. Before driving, don’t take medications that may make you drowsy.
Be aware of your surroundings
If you aren’t aware of what is around you, minor accidents can occur when parking or backing up. Before backing up, walk around your truck and look for any obstructions you may hit. Don’t accelerate too fast or brake too fast, especially in slippery conditions.
Always check your brakes
Make sure to check your brakes frequently to ensure they are in proper working condition. This might be the difference between life and death.