Preparing to drive a heavy haulage truck

Before you operate a heavy haulage truck, it is essential that you take all of the necessary precautions. While safety precautions when driving are important regardless of what you drive, statistics reveal that heavy haulage truck drivers are at a heightened risk of collision and accidents. If you are a heavy haulage driver, consider these precautionary tips before you get behind the wheel.

Defensive driving training

While all heavy haulage drivers should have completed a defensive driving course before they are allowed to operate heavy haulage on the road, a refresher course will never hurt. As we age, our reflexes can regress. Moreover, the more we drive the more content and complacent we become. Regularly completing defensive driving courses will allow you to stay accustomed to a range of dangers that that you may encounter on the road. These courses can help keep your reflexes sharp and remind you how to take appropriate evasive action in emergencies. Your main goals should always be avoiding accidents and preventing casualties.

Inspection and maintenance

Regular inspections and maintenance are essential on all motor vehicles, but they are even more important if you drive a heavy haulage truck, as you are going to be larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road. As such, you need to ensure that your truck is running smoothly in order to reduce the likelihood of mechanical malfunctions. Ideally, an inspection crew should check the vehicle both before and after transporting goods.

Look after yourself

Before operating a heavy haulage truck you need to ensure that you are well-rested and focused. Many traffic collisions occur due to lack of sleep or distraction. It is also a good idea to go to your doctor for regular check-ups to ensure your health is not going to negatively affect your driving ability. You should also go for regular eye check ups as excessive driving, especially in low-light conditions, can deteriorate your vision.

If you value safe driving, get in contact with National Heavy Haulage today. Our track record for road safety and years of experience demonstrate just how seriously we take road safety. With a large range of heavy haulage and heavy transport vehicles, we can help you prepare for your next oversized move.

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