Driving a truck in Oregon requires a lot of focus and care. Some truckers work 60 hours in a week, and this can become very taxing over time. Due to the high risk of this profession and the inherent dangers in driving such massive vehicles, truckers should be informed about the most effective strategies to prevent accidents and improve safety.
The top three accident and injury prevention tips
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have evaluated trends in unsafe trucking practices, including driving while tired and failing to use seat belts. Their surveys show that 24 percent of truck drivers in the U.S. often drive while fatigued, and 14 percent of drivers report not always using seat belts. They recommend that the main things truckers can do to prevent injuries and accidents are to be focused only on the road when driving, to always get a full night’s sleep before getting behind the wheel and to always use seat belts.
General trucker safety tips
While the above advice covers some of the main trucker safety concerns, there are also some other general safe practices recommended by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that truckers can follow. One of these is to look up the trip info ahead of time, including anticipated weather issues, road conditions and closures.
In preparing the vehicle for a long trip, truckers should inspect the distribution of the weight of the load, making sure it is secured and balanced. Another important part of vehicle maintenance is regularly checking the brakes and tires. Taking the time to make sure they are ready for the trip can go a long way in preventing disastrous trucking accidents.