Trucking is a leading industry in America. It helps to keep the American market alive, making possible the distribution of millions of tons of goods on a daily basis. Trucking provides almost 10 million jobs not only to Americans but to foreign nationals as well. It keeps the economy strong. However, it is also the provider of one of the most dangerous jobs in the modern world.
According to a report from the Department of Transportation, there are about 500,000 accidents involving trucks each year in the U.S. A majority of these mishaps are caused mainly by driver error which comprises 88% of the accidents.
In order to limit truck mishaps on the road, it is essential for drivers to observe safe driving habits all the time. With the active participation of logistics operators, road mishaps can be minimized through regular the implementation of strict vehicle maintenance policies and thorough driver training.
In addition to the theoretical methods of preventing road mishaps, here are a few practical ways a driver and do to avoid truck accidents.
Value Life More than a Deadline
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 20% of all fatal crushes involving large trucks are caused by over speeding. One of the most common causes of these mishaps is the driver’s deadlines to meet deadlines.
Trucks and trailers are harder to control because of their size and weight. They are actually prone to accidents. With proper planning and prompt execution, delivery targets can be achieved regardless of whether you are using new or used truck trailers for the delivery. This will eliminate the need for drivers to put their lives on the line.
Use Well-Rested Drivers
A well-rested driver has a higher margin of safety than a haggard one. Driver fatigue is one of the most causes of crashes. A lot of factors including driving long hours and driving during sleeping hours are major causes of driver fatigue. Fatigue can make a driver sleepy. In fact, many of them actually fall asleep while driving. Driver fatigue can really be fatal. This can be caused by the same culprit – the race to beat deadlines.
Here are some practical tips for drivers to ensure safety on the road:
• Take a good rest and sleep at least seven hours of sleep before driving
• Take breaks every wo or three hours
• If possible, avoid driving during your normal sleeping hours
• Pull over to take power naps when you feel sleepy
When you shift your focus on the phone while driving, there’s a chance for you to drive without looking at the road. Just reaching for your cell phone can make you six to seven times more likely to cause an accident. Distractions are a major issue for drivers of all types of vehicles. If you are a driver, you must focus completely on the road and if you must do something else, you must pullover and stop driving for a while.
When driving, do whatever you can to avoid and prevent accidents. Remember, the life you save may be your own.
Lori Palermo is a corporate consultant who is experienced in the areas of fund administration, corporate solutions, human resources, technology and small business. He likes to share his knowledge about business and human interests. .