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Anticipiate the Unexpected with These Semi-Truck Safety Tips

Semi-truck drivers are crucial in powering the economic engine of America as they spend countless hours cruising across the highways ensuring that timely delivery of products are made. However, the long hours driving on traffic-packed or treacherous roads in all types of weather places the health and safety of drivers at risk. In 2016, Time magazine ranked truck driving as the 8th most dangerous job in America. Therefore, to reduce accidents and fatalities, observing and reviewing these important semi-truck safety tips can mean the difference between a successful delivery and one that is fraught with danger.

Ensure Preventative Maintenance Is Done

Semi-truck drivers' livelihood is dependent on their vehicle's performance. Performing a daily check on the fluid levels, horn and, especially, the brakes can detect a problem that could otherwise significantly increase the risk of an accident if left undetected.

Avoid Tailgating

A fully-loaded semi-truck requires a significant amount to time and distance to come to a complete stop, especially on a downward-sloping road. Having enough space between your truck and the next vehicle will offer a chance to slow down and adjust your course in case an unexpected event occurs ahead of you.

Change Lanes Only When Necessary

It can be frustrating for semi-truck drivers who are either stuck behind someone who is traveling well under the speed limit or watching smaller passenger vehicles zip in and out of traffic in front of them, often unexpectedly. However, the sheer size of a semi-truck and its associated large blind spots increases the risk significantly when changing lanes. Staying in your original lane will protect you against legal consequences in the event an accident occurs as the other vehicle will be deemed at fault.

Slow Down in Work Zones

Highway construction, especially on interstates, can prevent semi-truck drivers with a number of risks. First, merging vehicles from off-ramps can appear unexpectedly prompting a quick course correction. Second, the reduced road width typically found in a construction zone provides much less room for error, especially if driving at elevated speeds.

Get Proper Rest

Driving for long hours affects a driver's alertness and reflexes increasing the possibility of an accident. Taking a break every four hours to stretch and walk around along with getting at least seven hours of sleep at night will increase a driver's awareness and provide a chance to perform an impromptu check for any obvious problem conditions such as leaking oil or tire damage.

All of us at Michigan Truck And Equipment hope all drivers remain safe.

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