Driving distractions are as old as the activity itself. As long as there are drivers on the road, there will always be something demanding our attention. The difference is that nowadays these distractions are more pervasive than ever before.
As truck drivers, it’s our duty to ensure we’re exercising caution and good judgment in order to keep ourselves and the public safe. Whether it be a text message on your phone or an air guitar solo that just can’t be done with open eyes, distractions come from every angle. We must be ready to guard ourselves against them in all forms.
Step Away From the Phone
Cell phones have quickly become our lifelines. While it’s great that they provide a constant link to the world around us, it’s important to resist the temptation they present on the road. When you’re behind the wheel, ignore the tiny notifications – no matter how urgent they may sound. It won’t matter what the text said if your truck is upside down.
Obey Traffic Signs
Traffic signs are in place for protection – but not just yours. It’s imperative that truckers always obey work zone signs. Don’t speed through construction zones just to shave off a few minutes of drive time; the risk you take with someone else’s life pales in comparison to any perceived benefits.
Take Caution in Bad Weather
Rain, snow, and ice can be challenging to the best drivers, but they can create even more dangerous conditions for a large truck. Slow down in poor weather, use your turn signals, and always exercise extreme caution. The last thing you want to do is hydroplane in a truck carrying several tons of cargo.
Keep Your Eyes Open
Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest both at home and during your runs. The ability to concentrate on the road ahead without struggling to keep your eyes open can mean the difference between life and death.
Being a CMV driver comes with its own set of rules and responsibilities. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make you immune to the minutia of four-wheelers. The same temptations that plague passenger cars affix themselves to your truck, as well. You know how to exercise self-control and how to stay responsible on the road. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be a trucker. Let’s avoid the accidents and the lane deviations; stay focused, stay alert, and stay safe.