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Road safety: how truck drivers ensure the best route during their work

Road safety: how truck drivers ensure the best route during their work
21/07/2022 zweiarts

Logistics depend on the daily work of truck drivers on the road for its operation. Traveling long distances and carrying loads, these professionals need to take some precautions to ensure their safety on the roads. That’s why today’s article brings some of these precautions for you to check out!

Preventive truck maintenance

Before any trip, it is always very important to perform preventive maintenance on a vehicle to ensure safety. Checking trucks before hitting the road is a common procedure among truck drivers, who usually assess the coolant level, tire pressure pressure and the condition of the tread.

Even so, it is necessary to check beyond these items, and have a preventive maintenance routine. In this way, it is possible to avoid problems during the journey, but also save on vehicle expenses.

Rest time

Before driving for long hours on the road, the most important thing is the well-being of the driver. Therefore, rest before and during the trip are ways to prevent accidents. Research shows that for every 6 hours of driving, you need 30 minutes of rest.

Safe distance between vehicles

One way to avoid accidents on the road is to keep a good distance between the vehicles around you, especially the one in front, since some unforeseen events in traffic require a quick reflex and a sudden reduction in speed.

In addition, it is important to consider the distance required for the brakes to stop the vehicle. One way to do this is to use the “2-second rule”, which consists of identifying some reference object and, when the car in front passes this marking, count how many seconds it takes for your vehicle to pass through the same reference. If the count is exactly 2 seconds, the distance is correct.

Pay attention to communication signals

Along the way, many signs indicate the rules and the route of the roads. Always being attentive to signs is a way to perform defensive driving and ensure total safety. Beyond that, the use of the vehicle’s own signaling instruments is essential to avoid accidents.