Long-range driving can be risky, but trucking can still be performed with safety in mind. Long drives, frequent stops and daily trips can be mentally cumbersome. However, your trucking insurance provider is there to help protect your journey—every leg of the way. The following long-range trucking safety tips help outfit you for safety, efficiency and success while on the road.
Be Cautious of Fume Inhalations
Long-term exposure to fume inhalation can greatly enhance your risk for respiratory illnesses. Breathing and circulation problems alike can arise from failure to properly heed safety precautions. Remember to stay clear of your vehicle’s tail pipe when possible. Additionally, disengage the engine when loading items. In general, reducing exhaust when alongside your truck is the goal.
View Transportation Safety Planning Documents Frequently
While your insurer’s rates may decrease as your safety increases, consistent regard of Transportation Safety Planning is advised for any long-range truck driver. Its mission serves drivers in reducing transportation injuries and fatalities, supporting decision making across the following areas:
Due to its frequent updates, regional security and constant dedication to safe driving practices, Transportation Safety Planning is, to date, one of a truck driver’s most invaluable resources.
Long distances carry heightened risk of adverse weather. Rain, snow and hail can greatly increase driving risk on long highway stretches. Being conscious of weather patterns is crucial to continuous safety, so remember to:
- Keep substantial distance between your front and the next vehicle’s rear.
- Store tire chains for accessibility.
- Take turns gently.
- Drive at slower speeds to avoid collisions and rollovers.
Long drives breed fatigue. When taking long drives, be sure to pull over and rest at least once per two hours. Driver’s fatigue can be deadly if left unchecked, and it can place both you and other drivers at risk. When possible, eat and drink water. Hunger and dehydration can tire your body, reducing overall alertness. Rest stops should be prioritized, as in-truck eating and drinking can distract your attention from the road.
Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing
Restrictive clothing may create circulation problems. While not an in-the-moment risk, circulation issues may be dangerous over time. As with any sitting position, long-haul drives carry a slew of adverse health risks if engaged frequently. While the necessities should be carried, loose shorts and sleeves are optimum for long-term health preservation.
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