As a trucker who spends considerable time behind the wheel, logging thousands of miles each year, you have probably encountered some close calls along the way. You may be well aware that driving a truck means you have to use extra caution and vigilance as you move around other motorists. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we have experience working with New Jersey truckers, and we understand the risks that are unique to their job.
One of the best ways that you can actively avoid potential hazards and maintain an accident-free record is by knowing how to watch for danger. This means you have to be actively engaged in what is happening on the road around you and not allow yourself to become dangerously distracted. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, you can do several things in an effort to maintain adequate surveillance and safely maneuver your truck around other drivers. Some of the things you can do include the following:
- Use your mirrors to identify potential hazards like vehicles in your blind spot, loose cargo, tire fires or changing traffic conditions.
- Be a defensive driver by staying completely focused on the road ahead to recognize danger before it is too late.
- Understand your blind spots and which areas you need to pay extra attention to when maneuvering through traffic.
- Always keep an eye out on what is happening ahead. Looking up to a quarter mile ahead of you can give you ample time to make quick decisions if you are faced with a road hazard.
By incorporating these tips into your driving routine, you can maintain adequate surveillance and prevent unnecessary accidents caused by distraction and carelessness. For more information about driving your truck safely, visit our web page.