Drivers’ main focus is on the safety and well-being of themselves and other drivers on the highway. Driving demands full concentration, with attention to the smallest of details. What make driving more dangerous than usual are rough weather conditions, careless drivers, and inoperable vehicle equipment.
However, drivers can make their on the road driving experience safer for every driver traveling the highways, and byways.
Rules of the Road to Staying Safe on the Highway
Most accidents are avoidable, and many are not. Commercial driving puts many truckers at risk, for traffic accidents, and major health concerns. The biggest cause of trucking accidents is visibility problems, which cause many drivers to maneuver into unfamiliar territory. A GPS tracking device can eliminate most problems, and keep the driver on track.
Professional truck drivers have to practice often. They must monitor the space, height, and depth of each turn, and determine the distance between statutory and moving objects. Here are a few safety-driving tips to keep everyone safe, and to help drivers arrive at their destination.
- Determine Space Cushion
- Look out for low clearances, overpasses, and tunnels
- Determine turning spaces
- Be wary of uneven roads, slippery highways, and unfavorable weather conditions
- Check the rear and side mirror for objects that are not visible in the mirrors
- Allow follow the rules of the road
Plan the Trip According to the Weather
Traveling on the highways of any city or state is challenging, when the weather conditions are great. However, drivers should plan a trip based on the area they are traveling, and the route they will be taking. Some cities experience a busy season, which makes getting from point A to point B tasking, frustrating, and time consuming.
Leave ahead of schedule to allow time for unavoidable situations. Here are a few tips to consider when traveling along unknown terrain:
- Be mindful of traffic congestion on the highways and interstates
- Obey all traffic and stop lights
- Never speed in unfavorable weather conditions that can impose a safety violation
- Look out for highway construction and workers
- Pay close attention to hills and mountains
Checking the weather forecast of visiting locations can prevent many disasters. Always take a map along and a working up- to- date GPS. Drivers should always pay close attention to weight limitations and bridge restrictions. All equipment maintenance and repairs should be done before making any travel plans.
Keep the Speed Down
It is easy to go over the speed limit when a deadline is approaching. Nevertheless, speed limits help accidents, and remind drivers to reduce their speeds ahead of time. Trucks traveling up a ramp too fast can tilt or roll over.
Beware of Turns and Curves
Professional truck drivers should be aware of tricky turns and curves on the highway. Drivers should adjust their speed prior to approaching a sharp turn, or a winding curve. Slowing down before turning can prevent rollovers, and save lives.