Driving in California can be stressful, and every driver needs to focus on safety. Drivers of large commercial trucks need to be even more careful, as the size and weight of the vehicles can lead to very serious accidents. To keep crashes to a minimum, truck drivers should follow a general set of rules while behind the wheel and employers should make sure they are providing tools that assist the performance and safety of their workers.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are a number of common errors that can lead to truck accidents. These include fatigue, not paying attention, distractions, driving too fast, cell phone use, unfamiliar roads and conditions, driving too close to other vehicles and not taking evasive action.
Truck drivers are required to go through training to prepare them for driving these large vehicles, and most drivers practice safe driving while on the road. However, mistakes can happen especially when other drivers do not know how to drive around large commercial vehicles.
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, employers are also responsible for providing and enforcing safety policies. These may include:
- Setting schedules that meet federal regulations for time on the road
- Mandating the use of seatbelts
- Prohibiting texting and other cell phone use while driving
- Scheduling regular vehicle maintenance
- Providing specialized training
- Maintaining records of driving performance
- Testing for drugs and alcohol
By enforcing these policies, not only are there fewer accidents and injuries, but there are fewer legal and financial consequences.