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Training Your Truckers Using Best Driving Practices

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  Monday, December 03, 2012

Your owner operator group experiences many unpredictable events on the road. No matter where their delivers take them, it is important that they follow best driving practices established by the company. If your truckers fail to do so, this could result in serious accidents and injuries. With each new employee you hire, make sure you are training him/her using up to date safety practices.

Commercial truck driving takes a lot of time, energy, and education to operate correctly. Once the tests are passed, it is important that the lessons learned are put into action. You hired each of your employees for a reason, and their knowledge of safety on the road is crucial to the success of your business. Here are some key ideas you should include in your best driving practices:

  • Make sure to get plenty of rest before driving. Also eat well and stay fit. Driver fatigue and lack of attention can significantly increase the risk of a crash.
  • Watch out for highway construction and stay alert. Take your time going through work zones and give yourself plenty of room.
  • Other drivers may not be aware of the size of your blind spots. Adjust your mirrors accordingly in order to watch out for vehicles in the No-Zone.
  • Always leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Large trucks have very large masses, meaning the stopping distance for them is much greater. Anticipation is key.
  • Inspect your vehicle before each trip, and check your brakes regularly. If there are safety defects, get them repaired before risking your life and others on the highway.
  • Avoid aggressive drivers and maintain a safe speed. Excessive speed only increases your chance for a crash.
  • Buckle up for safety and vehicle control. Increasing seat belt use is an effective method to save lives and reduce injuries on the roadways.

Being involved in the trucking industry means you should always expect the unexpected. However, following these safety tips can help your drivers maintain control on the road while also avoiding serious collisions. For additional protection, you can find the coverage you need for your owner operator group with help from Mid South Truckers Group. Owner operator groups require a unique set of insurance solutions, which is why we offer a number of group insurance programs throughout the country.

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