There are many challenges on the road, but by implementing at least three industry best practices, your team can stay safe and continue to keep the country moving.
Truck drivers travel in all kinds of weather and traffic conditions, from the open road to busy boulevards. They need to be ready to implement key defensive driving strategies and practices to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Drivers need to be alert and anticipate potential hazards and dangerous situations, so they can make informed decisions and ensure their safety as well as the safety of others. Fewer accidents mean saving money on costly repairs, claim payouts, and increasing insurance premiums.
Here are a few tactics you will remember from your defensive driving courses:
Tractor-trailer drivers use an enormous truck that is high off the ground, making it tricky for drivers to see cars behind or beside their vehicle. Accidents often occur when changing lanes.
For this reason, drivers can’t and shouldn’t always rely on their mirrors. They should also be doing shoulder checks and looking out their windows when changing lanes. Additionally, they should leave lots of space around their vehicle when merging.
Drivers need to have supplies and know what to do in various types of emergencies, including bad weather and breakdowns. Keeping a stock of water, snacks, a first aid kit, a change of clothes, and blankets in the truck cab will help drivers when disaster strikes.
Road rage doesn’t solve anything, but it causes a lot of trouble. Truck drivers aren’t always treated well. Whether you are honked at or harassed by other drivers, do not add fuel to the fire. The right response is to de-escalate this type of situation, particularly by increasing the distance between yourself and the angry drivers.
Both the Government of Canada and the American Government mandated the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial vehicles.
ELDs improve real-time visibility of each driver’s hours, ensuring that truck drivers are compliant with hours of service regulations and that driver fatigue diminishes. It was implemented as a road safety measure and to increase productivity across the trucking industry.
An ELD makes the process of logging time faster, improving administrative efficiency for individuals who need to track, manage, and share the data of on and off-road activities.
The ELD connects to the vehicle’s engine and records the driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which contains data, including the date, vehicle number, total driving hours, and the total number of miles driven within 24 hours. Having a driver’s RODS on file complies with the Hours of Service (HOS) requirements.
It’s going to take some time before the COVID-19 virus is gone. In the meantime, trucking employees are essential workers who keep the economy going by transporting and delivering goods across the countries. Therefore, it is imperative that they follow COVID-19 protocols to keep themselves and others safe as they travel.
Some key practices include:
Following COVID-19 protocols means staying ahead of the curve and keeping the trucking industry healthy.
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