When you’re first starting out as a trucker, it’s important to know how to stay safe while on the road. This is true even if you’ve been doing this job for a while. The hard truth is that there can be many hazards to your safety on any given day or night. Fortunately, there are ways you can stay safe at every part of your journey on the road. Read on to pick up a few helpful hints and tips on keeping you, your vehicle, and your cargo safe and sound.
Unfortunately, you can’t really afford to let your guard down on the job. This is especially true at night, or in rural areas. While driving, make sure you’re constantly scanning the cars in front of you, to the side of you, and behind you. You never want to be surprised by a vehicle, especially if it’s driving improperly. Furthermore, once you get to a rest stop, always keep an eye on everyone else in the area. Make eye contact with everyone who gets close, so they know you are aware of their presence. It might sound intense, but it really is better to be safe than sorry.
In rest stops, it’s important to keep out of dark areas and stay as visible as possible. Avoid confined areas without light – this may not only protect you from an attacker, but it can prevent you from worrying others as well. It’s also beneficial to wear a yellow reflective jacket, in case you end up in a dark area or stranded somewhere.
As upsetting as it may be to think about, self-defense might be necessary. There are many tools you can use to protect and defend yourself and your cargo if you absolutely need to. You probably already have access to at least some of the following items in your truck: flashlight, screwdriver, wrench, hammer, padlock.
If you have any more useful safety information, feel free to share it in the comments below.