Truck driving is a serious commitment. Transporting large or heavy cargo requires safe driving practices for yourself and others on the road. That’s why every truck driving company must instill requirements that every driver must follow to prepare for the long haul. Here are four tips for keeping your company drivers safe on the road.
Plan the Route
Every truck driver should always plan out their routes before taking off. Keep track of the weather, road conditions, traffic patterns, construction, bridges, tunnels, railroads, and other blips that might cause potential safety risks. It’s also important to keep track of state regulations in traveling long-haul. Have drivers plan out their trips every day they’re out. It doesn’t matter if this is a one-day trip or a multiple-day journey. Keeping track of the directions, obstacles, weather forecast, break stops, and estimated arrival time is crucial for ensuring safety on the road.
Inspect the Truck
It’s also crucial to inspect the truck. Truck inspections ensure no repairs or maintenance issues occur while driving. Flat tires, fluid leaks, or burnt-out trailer lights are all possible issues that may happen on the road. Conducting pre-trip inspections and maintenance reduces these issues. Remember to record and report defects to your supervisor. Keeping your truck in functional condition ensures safety for the truck driver and other travelers.
Follow Traffic Rules
It goes without saying that one of the most important tips for keeping your company drivers safe on the road is to have them follow traffic rules. This should be obvious, as any licensed CDL driver understands the rules and regulations of road travel, especially with a large semitruck or LDL trailer. Here are some general reminders in case they’ve forgotten these. First, have drivers use the three points of contact. They should have at least two hands and one foot touching the truck at all times. This includes moments when they’re mounting or dismounting the cabin. Always have drivers wear their seatbelts, use their mirrors, watch their blind spots, and stay in their lanes too. Further, have drivers follow all speed limits and reduce their speed when approaching curves and exit or entrance ramps.
While this may pertain mainly to long-haul truck drivers, it’s nevertheless essential that all drivers stay alert on the road. Short-haul drivers may not require as many breaks or stops as long-haul drivers. But every truck driver should take all necessary rests to eat, use the bathroom, shower, and sleep before continuing, especially if they feel drowsy or unfocused. Have drivers set their entertainment (like music) and GPS ahead of time to avoid on-the-road distractions, too.
Naturally, you should cover all this information in your transportation and trucking safety program. At Industrial Compliance and Safety, we have written safety plans for trucking companies with all the information you need to keep your drivers in top shape for their deliveries. Certify your company today with our transportation and trucking industry safety manuals and programs.