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4 Precautions Big Rig Drivers Should Take

© kez53 - Fotolia.comDriving a big rig is a huge responsibility. Your truck is most likely the largest vehicle on the road. This makes you the most dangerous if an accident occurs, not only to other vehicles on the road but to yourself as well. There are millions of accidents every year where a big rig is involved. Below are 4 precautions big rig drivers should take:

Be Alert

Being alert is incredibly important when driving a big rig. You should be aware of everything that is going on around you. You need to be aware of the vehicles and their speed ahead of you, and you also need to be aware of the vehicles traveling on the side of you. Checking mirrors often allow you to see everything the vehicles around you are doing.
It is important to keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you. If they suddenly brake due to the vehicle ahead of them braking, you need to be able to stop in time. Stopping a big rig suddenly is nothing like stopping a car suddenly. If you keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you, you will have time to slow down before stopping.

It is also incredibly important to be alert of signs with height restrictions. You should also have a good idea of what height is too low even if there is no signs posted. If you do not pay attention to these signs, you could end up stuck under and underpass or ripping out overhead power lines.

Check Weather Reports

Whether you are going across the city or across the country, it is important to keep an eye on weather reports. If severe weather is coming, it is important to be aware. When you know what to expect, you can better prepare yourself for bad weather driving. Knowing the temperature can also alert you that the road conditions could be icy and dangerous. Having this information will allow you to adjust your driving to prevent a sliding accident. If you have a trucker’s GPS, it will be able to give you updates on the weather and the road conditions so there are no surprises.

Be Cautious at Night

While you should always exercise caution when driving a big rig, it is necessary to be even more cautious at night. Driving a little slower is a good idea. It only takes one miscalculation in the dark to run into a ditch, into a light post, or into the back of another trailer. It is very important to adjust your driving when the sun goes down.
Using a trucker’s GPS is an excellent idea, especially at night. These GPS systems are made especially for truckers. They will give the driver information as how far away their exit is, when to change lanes, and when to slow down. While driving in the dark, a trucker’s GPS can be an extra pair of eyes.

Changing Lanes

It is a good idea to change lanes as little as possible. When you are driving a car, it is easy to weave in and out of one lane and into the next. If you do need to switch lanes, you should do so with extreme caution. Be sure to check your mirrors and be aware of your blind spots. The odds of you having an accident increases greatly when you are changing lanes. When you are entering a city from the highway, it is best to take the second lane from the right. This will help you to avoid cars that are merging and prevent and accident.

Driving a big rig is a huge responsibility. If you drive with caution, you will be safer and so will those that you are sharing the road with.

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