Check your mirrors regularly (at least every 5 to 8 seconds) and before you change lanes, turn, or merge. Check your mirrors quickly and return your attention to the road ahead. Frequent scanning will allow you to be aware of changing traffic conditions around your truck. If you check your mirrors regularly, they can help you spot overtaking vehicles. Mirrors will also help you monitor your surrounding environment and may help you identify if a vehicle has moved into your blind spot. You can also use your mirrors to check your tires and lights as you are driving down the road.
Remember to turn your head, and lean and look to increase the dimension of visibility when checking your mirrors.
Whenever you follow another vehicle, you need enough space to stop safely if the other vehicle brakes suddenly.
A safe following distance for trucks is at least 7 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
Follow the 7-second rule by picking a marker on the road ahead, such as a road sign, pole, or overpass shadow. When the rear of the vehicle ahead passes the marker, count "one thousand one, one thousand two, …". When the front of your vehicle reaches the marker, stop counting. If you reach it before you count "one thousand seven," you are following too closely.
Leave more than a 7-second distance in bad weather and when following large vehicles which block your view of the road ahead.
Leave more space when your vehicle is heavily loaded, when you’re driving on a downgrade, in construction zones, or when traffic patterns dictate the need.
Leave more space when following smaller, lighter vehicles, such as motorcycles, which can stop more quickly than you.
It is critical to use the right GPS for the vehicle you are diving. GPS designed for consumers do not provide you with the kinds of information truck drivers need concerning size (length, width and height) and weight limitations and other restrictions, such as hazardous materials. You should use GPS systems with software features specially designed for CMV’s. They take into consideration Federal and State size and weight rules and route restrictions for special loads such as hazardous materials when generating travel directions and alerts.
THE GPS DOESN’T HAVE EYES: You must obey all highway signs warning of low bridges, overpasses, weight, height, and length restrictions even if the navigation system did not indicate a problem with the route.
Check your route before driving with a current Trucker’s Road Atlas. Check reports regarding weather, construction and detours before heading to your next destination.
Five Characteristics of a Safe Driver
Puts safety first –practices safe habits like maintaining a safe driving speed at all times, wearing safety belts, and performing pre and post trip checks on their vehicles.
Pays attention to driving conditions – pays attention to conditions that can impact the safety of their commute such as inclement weather, construction, or planning to make sure they get adequate rest prior to and during their trip.
Drives hours within legal limits – does not exceed 11hours of driving or the 14 hours of duty; takes mandatory breaks; stays within the legal speed limits and does not to speed to meet deadlines.
Safely parks to rest when drowsy or fatigued –takes breaks to help stay alert for his/her own protection as well as others on the road.
Maintains enough space between vehicles –maintains a safe following distance; is aware of size and scale of his/her equipment compared to passenger vehicles and doesn’t use it to bully through traffic and put others in harm’s way.
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Speeding is both costly and incredibly dangerous. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2014, speeding killed an estimated 9,262 people across the country, which works out to approximately 25 people each day. In addition to the pain of lives lost, the annual cost was 67.8 billion dollars due to speeding-related fatality collisions.
Speeding also makes already dangerous collisions more deadly. A pedestrian struck by a car at 20 miles per hour has a 95 percent chance of survival, but the survival rate drops to 60 percent at 30 miles per hour and 20 percent at 40 miles per hour.
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