Like any profession, truck driving comes with its own set of dangers. Whether you’re a long-hauler or a short-hauler, you can experience unique challenges when sharing the road and handling loads. Here are some of the dangers and risks of being a truck driver that many people don’t think about.
In a perfect world, nobody would drive tired, regardless of size or load. But given that a truck driver’s sole job is behind the wheel, fatigue is something they battle regularly. Most truck accidents result from driving tired or distracted, but these are preventable with an extra stop for a bite to eat or a quick nap.
Driving Too Fast for Conditions
Regardless of your route, weather and road conditions play a considerable role in driving safely. Unfortunately, a driver cannot control weather conditions and climate, but they can control how they handle them. Taking the time to slow down could save lives and get the load to its destination quicker, rather than causing an accident and stopping the route altogether.
Maintaining an awareness of the drivers around you is a top priority when you’re a professional truck driver. Unfortunately, you will be more aware of them than they are of you since you’re the big guy. It’s critical to safely share the road to avoid accidents and any impending road rage from poor sharing.
Everyone’s goal is to arrive at their next destination safe and sound. But if you recently experienced an accident due to improper road sharing, consider seeking legal advice to see if you have a case.
Shifting When In Route
When the driver secures the load for departure, it’s in pristine condition to arrive at its destination. One of the dangers and risks of being a truck driver is the load shifting while in route. When the driver opens the backdoor, they’re at risk for heavy objects to come crashing down.
Professional truck drivers across the nation deserve praise, as they carry the majority of the country’s goods. Their ability to deliver things safely is both a skill and a risk. If you have a truck driver in your life, thank them. And the next time you see one completing a route, remember to share the road safely.