As a truck driver, your life is one of constant movement. Driving from one end of the nation to another, always trying to be on time… there’s a lot going on. With all the commotion it can get easy to let a few things slip, maybe you don’t eat as healthy as you would like, maybe you don’t call home as often. One thing, however, that should never slip is safety.
Safety is the most important aspect of a truck driving job. Without safety, everything else suffers, including you as the driver. Driving safely includes everything from keeping the proper following distance to not driving while fatigued. To help you stay on top of your safety game, we’ve pulled together a few safety rules and put them into this article.
Did you know that the following distance you are supposed to keep between your truck and the vehicle in front of you changes with the weather condition and speed? When the road is dry, there should be a 9 second gap. If the road is wet, make it 13 second and with snow and slush, you need at least a 24 second gap. A truck takes a lot longer to stop than a smaller car, make sure you have the room you need to do it safely.
This next safety rule is for backing. For backing, there are seven Ss. Space, Serpentine, Set up, Square up, Straighten up, Stop and Safety. Always remember not to back unless you have to, but when it is necessary, take it easy. Take your time and make sure you do it right and always Get Out And Look.
Other safety rules include maintaining safe speeds, using hands-free devices, and not driving aggressively. Always remember that no load is worth your life. To learn more about safety check out our Facebook video on C.R. England’s Safety Core values.