Safety on the road.

Safety on the road.

 Safety should be a mindset for everyone involved in keeping your cargo on the road. The forklift guy, the crane operator, anyone who helps you tie down the load, the list goes on. If someone doesn’t do their job safely, they put your safety on the road at risk.

Therefore, security must be taken from different angles, work safety, driving safety and minimum provisions that guarantee your safe return home.

In this sense, the FMCSA lists 10 tips to help drivers make a plan for road safety. For more detailed here is the link to FMCSA

 

  1. Check Your Blind Spots
  2. Be Aware of Long Stopping Distances
  3. Make Wide Turns Carefully
  4. Drive at a Safe Speed
  5. Stay Focused and Avoid Distracted Driving
  6. Buckle Up
  7. Always Use Your Signal
  8. Maintain Your Vehicle
  9. Plan Your Trip in Advance
  10. Practice Work Zone Safety

 

However, we wanted to go a little further, and we list here the opinion of those who know the most about the route, of course you.

While the FMCSA’s recommendations are important, the following list is a bit more extensive, covering more day-to-day issues.

 

  1. Defensive Driving. According to a University of Michigan Transportation Institute study, 81 – 91% of crashes involving a commercial vehicle are caused by cars, not the trucks.
  2. Maintenance Schedules.
  3. Pre & Post Trip Inspections
  4. Avoid Distractions. In the words of drivers “Keep the dam phone away while you are driving”
  5. Prepare for Dangerous Road Conditions. Icy roads, Snow, Rain, Fog, Disabled vehicles, Road construction, Accidents, Animals on the road.
  6. Invest in a Dash Cam. In case an accident happen you can protect yourself from unjust accusations, legal penalties, increased insurance costs, and potential termination by your employer
  7. Never climb on top of load.
  8. Wear gloves, safety glasses and other protective clothes while you are securing your load
  9. Pay attention to your equipment. Your truck send you signs but you also must pay attention, so before to turn on the engine make sure that the windshield and side mirrors are perfectly clean and oriented.
  10. Be prepared for the road. An emergency kit. At least 2–3 flash lights with extra batteries and bulbs, two rolls of toilet paper, a roll of paper towels, canned food or MRE’s, a shovel, books, and a gallons of water. Make sure to include other things in your emergency kit like pens-pencils, paper, blankets, pillows, and other things that you will need for your trip.