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Defensive Driving For Truck Drivers

Truck drivers have a huge responsibility in their hands. They control big and powerful vehicles to transport goods. They are an important part of the logistic system. With such huge and powerful vehicles, there can also be disastrous consequences when they meet accidents on the road. Truck drivers should be extra careful not only for their own safety but for the safety of other people on the road as well. 

However, even if truck drivers follow the traffic rules, there can be other car owners or pedestrians that aren’t just careful. There are times when truck drivers really aren’t to blame when they get involved in road accidents. One way to help lessen the risk of truck drivers meeting accidents on the road is to practice defensive driving. 

What Is Defensive Driving?

Defensive driving is a way of driving that isn’t only advisable for truck drivers but also for other drivers as well. It is driving while being on high alert and on the lookout for potential hazards or changes in road conditions because truck drivers shouldn’t only be careful when there is a hurricane. With this type of driving, the driver can better make decisions due to the anticipated dangerous situations. With this, truck drivers can lessen the chances of getting involved in accidents.

When truck drivers practice defensive driving, they do not only increase their safety while on the road. They also help lessen potential expenses by fleet managers due to repairs or claim payouts. 

Defensive Driving Strategies

Truck drivers may already be practicing defensive driving without knowing that it is defensive driving. However, to make it more clearer and to give you better ideas on how to do it, here are a few strategies that truck drivers could practice.

Know Your Blind Spots

Even smaller cars have blind spots. With larger vehicles, there is also a blind spot and most of the time, accidents are due to drivers not seeing a car because it is in their blind spot. Knowing the blind spot area should be the first step. Next is to encourage your drivers to look over their shoulder or out the window in case they change lanes. This helps them see what’s in their blind spot. 

Maintain Your Distance

One way to prevent a rear or a forward collision is to keep your distance from the car in front or behind you. It is recommended to have at least a 3- or 4-second distance when you’re traveling at about 40 mph. For every 10mph of additional speed, add another second to your distance from the car in front of you. Also, add more seconds when dangerous conditions are present. These would include strong winds, rain, or icy roads. 

Use Your Signal Lights

Even if you are driving at non-peak hours,make it a habit to use your signal lights. Signal lights will help prevent collision because drivers will know where you are headed. Even if no one sees your signal light when you change lanes, you should still use them.

Maintain Your Cool

Road rage is dangerous and can increase the risk of road accidents. When you meet angry drivers on the road, it is best to keep your cool. Avoid tailgating them and keep your distance or increase your distance so you can better calm yourself. It is best to avoid such instances than regret it later on. 

Avoid Distractions

When driving, your focus should be on driving and on the road. It is best not to eat, smoke, drink, or use your phone while driving. If you are hungry, go to a stop and eat there. Fleet managers should give their truck drivers ample time to travel from one point to another plus additional time for breaks. Even with tandem driving, the drivers still need some time to eat, rest, and stretch. 

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Impact Of IoT On The Trucking Industry

In order to remain competitive in the trucking industry, you should seriously think of using the available technologies for efficiency. Figure out which of your trucks are loaded, how long it takes for them to be loaded and unloaded, exactly where your trucks are, and the most efficient route to take.

These are just some of the aspects you need to know on a daily basis to efficiently run the tracking business. All these things and so much more information can be easily accessible to you through the help of IoT or the Internet of Things. 

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Retiring As A Truck Driver

Being a truck driver is a great profession. It’s like I get paid to travel for a living, and there’s alot of follow truckers I meet every day that feel the same way.

While it’s not for everyone, some people even choose to be a truck driver as a second career after retiring from their first careers.

At some point there will come a time when your days as a truck driver are up. While I’ve got a few more years behind the wheel, many long haulers are asking themselves at what age to retire and what do I need to be ready to make the switch.

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Effect Of Diesel Quality To A Trucking Business

The trucking business is constantly evolving to keep up with the times. However, one of the things that many business owners or fleet manager neglect is the fuel that keeps the trucking business running.

It is rare for people to talk about the diesel fuel they use for their trucks because of the many different aspects involved in the industry. Most of the time, people think that diesel is just diesel.

However, a change of mindset should be made. Diesel isn’t just diesel. There are different considerations that trucking business owners and fleet managers should also take note of. It is time to look closer at the diesel fuel formulation and consider the diesel fuel supplier because these can have a great impact on your trucking business.

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Starting Small With Your Trucking Business

Many people aim to be able to build a thriving business for their own. If a trucking business is on your mind, then you should be prepared to take the leap and get into the trucking industry. Starting your own trucking business now is a great idea because the trucking industry is getting better and better. The demand for products and for moving freight is high, even in this digital world.

It’s true that there are other larger trucking companies that have an impressive fleet of trucks in the thousands. However, smaller trucking companies also make up a huge percentage of the trucking industry. Most of these small trucking companies only have a handful of trucks for their service. There is certainly room for more trucking companies such as the one you are going to start.

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Benefits Of Using GPS Trackers On Trucks

In my 15 years in the business I am continually amazed at the pace in change of the trucking and transport industry.  While some of the change can be attributed to legislation, most

As technology continues to develop, the trucking industry also tries to cope. Today we have several technological tools and equipment that generally improves the trucking industry. One of them is the use of GPS or Global Positioning System.

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A Trucker’s Guide To Preparing For Hurricanes

It’s hurricane season again, and as a truck driver you know what that means:  white knuckle driving in high winds and schedule delays.

For big rig operators carrying LTL or lighter loads your trailer and rig can get pushed like a sailboat in a storm.

Even with full loads and heavy trucks, these are still no match to the wrath of such strong forces of nature and the best way to stay safe in this kind of situation is to prepare.

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Keeping Up With The Trucking Industry Trends

In order to stay afloat, all trucking companies regardless of size should learn to cope with the current industry trends. It’s a competitive world out there and you need to learn how to keep up with the demands of customers or you’ll lose them.

Even if you’ve been in the business for quite a long time, there are still things you can change for the better. Here, I will share with you some of my discoveries on what you should do to your trucking business.

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