Truckers First Safe Driving Rule
Following this ONE simple rule will keep you out of trouble most of the time and you will experience less stress in your driving life because you will have time to respond to most emergencies in a professional, relaxed manner with plenty of time to make course corrections or adjust your speed.
Look down your path of future travel far into the night or day. Let nothing important escape your attention.
Look for stopped or slow moving traffic in the distance.
Watch for road hazards such as stalled or wrecked vehicles in the travel lanes or on the shoulder. Watch for cops giving someone a ticket, aiming a laser gun in your direction or attending to a stalled vehicle or chasing some one down the highway.
Videos – Failure to Look Ahead when Driving a Truck.
Take Note of Vehicles Approaching the Roadway That You May Intercept.
Be careful of “Suicide Drivers” that pull up to a stop sign at a cross roads and wait for a long time until you arrive in your big truck… They pull out in front of you just as you get there… and their wish has been fulfilled… It may be a “subconscious desire” to end their life or maybe it’s pre-meditated. Either way, be concerned of this situation and always be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.
Watch for Crazy or Drunk Drivers.
Debris in the roadway like alligators (tire tread thrown off by trucks) or wooden boards or other trash. Notice any pedestrians walking along the side of the road or kids on the overpass with glass bottles or rocks and looking for a thrill as they target your large vehicle.
Watch for Cops.
When Police are on the highway they mostly cause Havoc with Traffic Flow. If you are looking far into the distance you can usually spot the warning signs far in advance. The warning signs are suddenly slowing traffic and flashing brake lights as the cop is noticed by drivers. Police often like to work in moderate and heavy traffic patterns because this is the most profitable traffic pattern to work.
Note: Speeding Tickets for Truck Drivers in California are Approx. $500.00 for 65mph in a 55mph, Double this amount if you are carrying Hazmat.
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