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Driving Safely at Night

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  Monday, January 21, 2013

As an owner operator, it is your job to make sure your drivers use best practices when on the road. However, being a defensive driver doesn’t only apply during the daylight. Most of the time, your truckers may be making commutes during the late evening or early morning hours. Therefore, teaching them safe driving at night is the best way to prevent accident and injuries.

Being prepared for the worst case scenarios, especially at night, can help you avoid serious risks. Making sure your employees pay attention to their health will help them maintain their unusual work schedule. If you are looking for tips to help your truckers at night, here are some methods for safe driving:

  • Prepare the truck for night driving by keeping the headlights, tail lights, signal lights, and windows clean.
  • Have your headlights properly aimed. Mis-aimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  • Reduce your speed and increase your following distances at night.
  • When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams so you don’t blind the driver ahead of you.
  • Make frequent stops for snacks and exercise. If you are too tired to drive, stop and get rest.
  • Observe night driving safety as soon as the sun goes down. Twilight is one of the most difficult times to drive.
  • Keep your eyes moving by looking for flashes of light at hilltops, curves, and intersections that may indicate the headlights of other vehicles.

At Mid South Truckers Group, we hope these tips help your drivers become safer at night. An accident waiting to happen could be masked by darkness if you are not careful. Understanding that the risks your trucking business faces are unique is what will help prevent mishaps, along with owner operator insurance coverage. Our affordable insurance solutions help protect your vehicle and your business. We offer many great coverage options, superior customer service, claims expertise, and competitive policy rates.

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