It is an unavoidable fact that around 90% of today’s traffic accidents are caused by human error. Learn how to avoid them.
There are common driving situations that commercial drivers control and therefore can avoid accidents. For example turning the vehicle, reversing, load securing and avoiding distractions. There are also environmental concerns that a driver should consider in order to drive safely, such as the weather, speed limits, road signage and lighting.
Improving truck safety is key and can be influenced by truck maintenance and driver training. Drivers can be trained to and should assess dangers situation and be prepared to react.
1. Distractions such as Texting or Cell Phone Use
It goes without saying that texting while driving is a major distraction. Nearly 25% of all car accidents involving texting while driving. According to the Nation Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to have a crash. Additionally, and very important to 18-wheeler and commercial truck drivers, texting while driving slows your brake reaction speed by 18%. This is critical concerning the amount of time it takes an 18-wheeler to stop.
2. Right-turn accidents
According to some reports, right-turn accidents have become more common in recent times. When turning right, 18-wheeler drivers should indicate early, leave space when possible in front of the truck so that any unprotected road users can place themselves in front of the truck, enabling the driver to see them more easily.
3. Striking Pedestrians during right turns
Cyclists and pedestrians are both vulnerable to being struck when an 18-wheeler or commercial truck makes a right turn. Drivers should be prepared for this and account for this danger when turning. Vigilance can prevent injuries.
4. Reversing without Proper Lookout
Despite reversing on probably, a daily basis drivers may not always ensure maximum visibility to the back of the vehicle while in reverse. Drivers should not be afraid to get out and take a second look or even ask for a spotter if they are backing in a tight spot.
5. Driver Complacency in Familiar Environments
Due to the amount of time 18 wheeler and commercial drivers spend on the road, they may find themselves in familiar environments. Highways, interchanges, and roadways may become or look familiar. Many accidents happen on the roads that driver know or think they know best because drivers become relaxed when in a familiar environment. The key is to avoid complacency and always maintain awareness.