NO. 1: Be alert to your surroundings: Always look far ahead down the road and anticipate the need to take action. Know what is on each side of your vehicle and what is behind you and always have an “escape plan” if you need to take evasive action.
NO. 2: Check the weather ahead: This means checking the weather the night before for the route you will travel as well as checking it again just before you embark on your trip and plan for inclement weather.
NO. 3: Avoid heavy traffic areas when you can by planning your route according to the time of day you are traveling.
NO. 4: Get out and walk if you are afraid of entering an area that you might get stuck or wedged in. If in doubt, check it out!
NO. 5: Be extra cautious at night. Make sure that you take extra time to orient yourself to night driving including noting directions of travel on freeways and roads and lane markings.
NO. 6: Leave a large gap between you and vehicles in front of you. Your vehicle may weigh much more than the cars around you and require a further stopping distance. Be ready to stop before you have to do a “panic stop.”
NO. 7: Avoid changing lanes if you don’t need to. The more you change lanes, the more likelihood there is of a sideswiping incident or someone performing a “pit maneuver” on you as you change lanes.
NO. 8: Use a GPS with traffic information if possible. They cost more but are updated constantly with accidents and road construction in your path. They are commonly referred to as a “Trucker’s GPS.”
NO. 9: Slow down! Don’t let passengers push you to drive faster than you should. Large vehicles take more time to turn corners and maneuver. Take your time doing it. You get paid by the hour and so does the company. There is no hurry.
NO. 10: Perform a walk-around of your vehicle every time you stop for an extended period and check your vehicle tires and for any fluid leaks underneath your vehicle.
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