As a semi truck driver, safety must be paramount. Driving a semi-truck can be a dangerous job. Every year, approximately 600 truck drivers die in highway accidents, thousands more are injured, and thousands of citizens die or are injured in accidents involving a commercial motor vehicle. You have the responsibility of ensuring you are adhering to all safety protocols and preventing danger to those you share the road with. In America 86 percent of cases that involve semi-trucks the fatalities are in the smaller vehicle, not the truck driver. Such a large and heavy vehicle can be a deadly weapon and therefore you must place safety before everything else.
When driving such large vehicle you blind spots are increased. Small cars may find themselves driving in your blind spot and you may only find out too late. Be a conscientious driver, and always look around before switching lanes.
When performing a wide turn always turn slowly and cautiously in case a rampant driver cuts in through the gap provided by your long rig. Many time vehicles will seize this opportunity to cut ahead of big trucks. Be on the lookout for such drivers and only complete the turn when you are sure it is safe to do so.
Prepare yourself for aggressive drivers. Road rage is more common than you may think. If you see an aggressive driver on the highway, let him pass you up. You may be saving that drivers life. Remember, your truck will cause the most damage.
Rest well! Many truck drivers go hours upon hours driving without sleeping. This can be extremely dangerous. You require rest to perform well, drowsy driving can lead to fatal accidents that you will regret for the rest of your life. Pull over and take a nap. Sleep when you can to regain your strength.
Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival. If possible maintain in contact throughout your drive.
Certain types of semis such as tankers and flatbeds require even more training and care to operate safely. Tankers carry liquids that may be flammable or toxic. In certain circumstances these liquids can push the vehicle in unexpected directions just when it needs to be stable and predictable. The cargo loaded on flatbeds can become dislodged or, in a sudden stop, come loose and be projected toward the driver or others. If you operate these trucks, learn more from competent sources about how to avoid the dangers.
As a professional truck driver safety is of the utmost importance. Keep yourself well informed and well prepared.