Dangers of Emissions from Your Trucks
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Your truck is composed of many different parts, all which are necessary for the machine to function. However, did you know one of the essential sections of the vehicle, being the engine, could pose dangers to you and others on the road? Understanding the unique risks you face as a commercial truck driver is important to your safety.
In order to mitigate the risks associated with trucking, laws have been implemented in certain states to reduce accidents and injuries. For example, the California Construction Trucking Association has rolled out stricter emissions regulations that require truck owners to either install soot filters or upgrade to a newer model. The regulations will force the replacement of most diesel powered commercial motor vehicles that do not meet 2010 EPA emissions standards. Failure to make the changes will result in the trucks not being able to operate in the state of California. The rules laid down show how dangerous emissions can be on the public. Diesel and gasoline fuel systems can sometimes emit hazardous gases such as nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and more. Here are the dangers these fumes carry:
- Hydrocarbons create ground smog by reacting with nitrogen oxides and the sunlight. When inhaled, they aggravate respiratory problems and damage lungs.
- Carbon monoxide is a gas that is colorless, odorless, and very poisonous.
- Carbon dioxide is another gas emitted from your truck. It is caused by the engine not burning all of the fuel completely. Carbon dioxide does not pose a health risk, but it is harmful to the ozone layer.
Keep in mind that the more you are exposed to these gases, the greater the risk for respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. At Mid South Truckers Group, we want your company to always be aware of the dangers the trucking industry exposes you to. To protect your investment, you require a specialized insurance program. As an owner operator, you know how many unique liabilities you face. We are committed to harnessing these liabilities by offering a responsive set of specialty insurance solutions designed to meet your distinct demands.