Driving a commercial motor vehicle is not a task that should be taken lightly. As some of the largest vehicles on the road, extreme caution must be used at all times. The number one priority is safety for you, your truck, and other drivers. The following are the most common accidents and safety tips on how to avoid them.
First, in the event of an accident involving another motorist, calling 9-1-1 is the most important step. Also, be sure to fill out your Macro 15, and follow the steps to complete it. Remember, you can call the safety department for information on how to complete the necessary steps after the accident.
There are five types of accidents that we see most frequently. The first happening during backing. Remember, use your mirrors and your spotter. And, if you’re in doubt – G.O.A.L.! Get out and look! Make sure that it is completely safe before continuing your movement.
The next type of accident seen frequently is getting hit while parked. This is an easy problem to correct. Think about where you park. Remember to try not to park on the end, too close to the scales, or on the first row of parking. Though sometimes it may seem like a challenge to find parking, it is best that you choose a spot that ensures safety.
A third type of frequently seen accident is having an accident while turning. A right-hand turn is the most difficult especially with articulating in a commercial motor vehicle. That being said, make sure that you are using your mirrors effectively. Know where your trailer is tracking.
The fourth most common accident seen is turning the vehicle too tight. To avoid this, get out of the truck to see how tight you really are. Again, if you’re in doubt – G.O.A.L.!
The final most commonly seen accident is during lane changes. Use your signals and scan your mirrors. Make sure the lane you’re changing into is clear. “If you don’t know, don’t go,” says Kevin Zahn, director of safety and compliance.
In addition to the accidents listed here, be sure to heed warning signs. Read the signs and pay attention to what they say. This time of year brings about unruly weather, so knowing how to be safe in such conditions is very important. Adjust your speed to road conditions. If you’re driving in adverse weather condition, do not use the jake brake. If it’s unsafe to drive, pull over or find the safest place to stop. Safety is #1! That is to ensure that you are safe, your truck is not damaged, and that other motorists are safe too.