Staying safe behind the wheel of a tractor trailer

| May 22, 2017 | Truck Accidents |

While you may have undergone extensive training and field experience and received the appropriate licensure in Virginia, none of these factors guarantee your safety when driving a tractor trailer. Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to be a more vigilant driver and protect yourself and other drivers on the road. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we are familiar with the unique risks faced by truck drivers every day.

Because driving a tractor trailer is a lot different than driving a small passenger car, you should drive with heightened attention to detail and visual alertness. Esurance provides several suggestions you could consider to achieve this goal including the following:

  • Perform routine maintenance: When your truck is maintained regularly and repaired as needed, you do not have to be concerned about dangerous mechanical problems. Keep a detailed maintenance schedule and reference it regularly.
  • Pay attention to the weather: While environmental conditions can affect any driver, you are especially at risk because of the large truck you drive. When weather is inclement, slow down, use extra caution, make sure your lights are on and if necessary, pull off to the side of the road until conditions clear.
  • Be smart about loading cargo: As a truck driver, you may tow and transport all kinds of cargo that can shift, spill or explode if not properly loaded. Pay extra attention to loading directions and make sure that your cargo is properly secured at all times.

One of the best things you can do is to make sure your own personal needs are taken care of. Always get enough rest and maintain a healthy diet so you can have energy and motivation when driving. Your proactive actions can help you prevent driver fatigue, injury related to cargo security and equipment failure among other things. You can find more information about this topic on our web page.