Driving can be dangerous in everyday life, which is why we take precautions to keep ourselves and others safe. The same should be said when driving trucks for work purposes but, unfortunately, this is not always the case. An accident may occur due to bad weather, another driver, or excess stress being put on the driver from the company to deliver on time. Below are three of the most common accidents, how to prevent them, and what to do if they should occur.
Bad Weather Conditions
We cannot do anything about the weather, but there are precautions we should take if we are going to be driving in it, or it could result in crashes, injuries and even death. As the driver, you should say when you feel its unsafe to drive or when it would put you at risk of serious injury. The truck you are driving should have the correct wheels for any weather condition or road you may be driving on, which is the employer’s responsibility. If it is extremely windy, your load should not be too light as it could cause the truck to tip over. Remember, it isn’t just bad weather that can cause accidents; wear sunglasses to ensure you don’t damage your eyes or have a blind spot.
Not Having Enough Rest
As a truck driver, you need to have rest breaks, for your safety and as a legal requirement. If an employer is trying to make you work longer than you are supposed to, this is not only illegal but highly dangerous. Driving tired is just as dangerous as driving drunk. If you are ill, your body needs more rest and you will become fatigued quicker, therefore if you have an illness you should not drive and your employer should not be putting extra strain on you. If you have an accident due to being overworked on hours, you should talk to an expert. Other things to take into consideration are certain medications that may make you feel drowsy. It is both yours and your employer’s responsibility to ensure you are never too tired to drive.
This is something that is often overlooked for truck drivers but learning the correct posture is very important when driving, especially for long distances. Driving for long distances with poor posture can lead to significant back pain. As you are sitting for long periods of time, you are always going to experience some back pain, but if it is so bad it becomes debilitating, visit your doctor and request to have ergonomic driving training.
If one of the above has happened to you, talk to someone you can trust on the subject who has experience in the truck driving field, to get sound, legal advice from someone who knows what they are talking about. If you are driving long distances, take care and do not put yourself in a dangerous position. The longer you are driving, the more at risk you are of an accident.