3 Ways to Prevent Truck Accidents
Alex November 12, 2015
The weight and size of trailers, tractors and any other type of large commercial vehicle oppose greater risk because when involved in an accident the damages and injuries are far more severe. According to The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2012, there were approximately 3,800 large trucks that were involved in fatal crashes. This was a 5% increase from 2011. Singles are defined as truck tractors that pull a single semi-trailer. Crashes with these type of vehicles accounted for 61 %, the highest percentage amount of all large trucks involved in fatal crashes. While doubles, tractors that pull two trailers only accounted for 3%.
With these alarming statistics, it is essential to ensure your safety.Below are three ways to prevent truck accidents
1. Avoid driver’s fatigue. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road. Studies have proven that driver’s fatigue played a significant role in accidents. To avoid this issue try to improve sleeping habits, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and develop time management. Avoid too much caffeine intake as well as drinking alcohol excessively.
2. Know the Road. Always remember to drive defensively, wear a seat belt, and be aware of hazardous surroundings. Know the no zone access areas and alternative routes that you can take. Always remember your blind spots as well. For drivers in a car allow enough space between you and the truck driver, trucks require an increased stopping distance. Cars should never try pass a large truck on the right while it is making a right turn.
3. Be educated. Successfully completing truck driver training is vital. Maneuvering such a large vehicle is not an acquired trait. Quick decision-making is an important skill that all drivers must have, because you never know what obstacles you may face on the road.