Avoid Heavy Traffic. If possible, try to avoid driving during peak traffic hours. It goes without saying that anytime there is more traffic, especially during rush hour, the likelihood of an accident significantly goes up.
Check Out The Weather Beforehand. It’s a good idea to know what weather conditions will be like before hitting the road. It is recommended to frequently check weather reports as you are on the road, as well. That way you will be more prepared for poor weather conditions and can plan ahead.
Use More Caution When Driving At Night. Driving at night requires extra care, especially while driving on more challenging roads. When in doubt, move slowly, be aware of your surroundings, and exercise extra caution.
Allow For Extra Space in Front of Your Truck. The temptation to step on the gas is real, but please leave extra room in front of your truck. This cushion of space will help protect you and will keep you out of unnecessary danger. You’ll also have more time and space to react to any hazards. The more space you have to maneuver, the safer you’ll be in the event of a sudden change in road conditions or an unexpected emergency.
Use Your GPS. GPS is always great, but there is a GPS that is made just for truck drivers. This technology makes things easier on you by showing you exactly the exits to take, how close you are to an exit, as well as any changes in traffic conditions.
Watch Your Speed. We cannot stress this enough. Commercial trucks are slower to react and need much more space to maneuver. Make sure you take turns and ramps nice and slow. Don’t worry about any cars behind you pressuring you to move faster. Safety is more important.
Don’t Change Lanes So Often. Your truck has huge blind spots. Changing lanes is not your truck’s best friend. Let other drivers change lanes as much as they want, but you should choose a lane and stay there. Lane changes are of course necessary, but do so carefully. Be mindful of your truck’s blind spots and use your mirrors.
Take Care Of Yourself And Your Truck. The pressure to meet a deadline is real, but you need to stop and take breaks as necessary. Your well being is important. It’s a good idea to get some air, move your legs, and get some food. Also, your truck could use some love too. Make sure your load is properly secured and remember to check your tires and fluids.