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Five More Tips for Safe Driving Practices

Five More Tips for Safe Driving Practices

Posted by Melissa Conn on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Last week we discussed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2012 highway crash survey and highway related deaths for large vehicle crashes. As part of our public awareness efforts to keep the roads safe, we shared easy methods for drivers with smaller vehicles and cars to stay safe while travelling with the larger commercial vehicles. 

This week we focused on larger vehicles. Here’s our Top Five Tips for drivers with large vehicles.

  • The most important tip is to take care of you. Driver fatigue is caused by a lack of proper rest (you really need 6-8 hours depending on your age) and an unhealthy diet. We know that sometimes a comfort away from home is eating your favorite foods. Make the less healthy foods more of a treat and not a daily meal. Drink plenty of water; dehydration can make you feel lightheaded. 
  • Be aware of work zones and slow down. Work zones can be frustrating, please remember to give the truck plenty of room and slow down. About one-third of work zone crashes includes large trucks and occurs during daylight hours. 
  • Watch out for cars in your blind spot. Unfortunately many drivers of smaller automobiles are not aware of your blind spot. Adjust your mirrors and be alert of vehicles in your blind spot. Keep plenty of distance between the cars in front of you because drivers are not always knowledgeable of a large truck’s stopping distance. 
  • Schedule regular vehicle maintenance. This cannot be stated enough. Worn brakes and defects are the most cited out-of-service inspection violation. Remember your entire truck and freight could weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is 40 tons. You need your brakes at the highest performing level for your safety and everyone else’s on the road. Simple efforts like new windshield wipers and clean windows and mirrors can make a huge difference when you need maximum visibility for trucks. 
  • Fasten your seatbelt. The easiest and smartest action you can do for yourself.

Did you miss last week’s article on safety for drivers of smaller automobiles? Read more about driver safety.

Sources: NHTSA

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