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Staying safe behind the wheel of a big rig

Georgia truck drivers are a critical part of the economy as they are responsible for transporting all kinds of cargo between destinations. Without their services, something as simple as grabbing groceries from the store, would be much more time consuming and inconvenient for many people. Due to the nature of their job, truckers often spend hours behind the wheel as they travel large stretches of road. Staying safe and operating a big rig responsibly are outcomes of proper training, experience and dedication to the job. According to the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, the American Trucker Association reported that 20,000 to 30,000 truck drivers are currently needed to support the industry and maintain demand.

Whether a trucker is an experienced professional or just starting his or her career, education about staying safe is imperative to understanding the unique risks of the trade. Esurance has provided a helpful list of suggestions for things truckers can do to stay safe on the road. Some of the things they can do include the following:

  • Lower speed on curves.
  • Follow policies and requirements for loading cargo correctly.
  • Modify routes or traveling times to accommodate for bad weather.
  • Slowdown in construction zones.
  • Be aware of blind spots.
  • Practice good self-care habits including getting enough sleep and eating properly.

Additionally, truckers should always perform a general inspection of their vehicle before leaving on a job. They should guarantee that all required maintenance procedures have been properly completed. Any time a trucker suspects that his or her vehicle needs repairs or is functioning strangely, efforts should be made right away to correct any problems. 



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