10 Driving Tips To Keep Everyone Safe

Jim Luff
Posted on August 5, 2016


#1: Be alert:
Know everything going on around you. Always look way down the road. Always have an “escape plan” should you need to swerve. Be aware of who's in front of you, beside you and behind you at all times. Be aware of everything, so you can react in time.

#2: Being rested: Always make sure you get adequate sleep before going on a long drive run.

#3: Check weather reports: Be aware of weather conditions you will experience during your trip. Check the reports when you are able to during the trip to stay aware of changing weather in areas you will pass through.

#4: Avoid traffic: Whenever possible, avoid traveling on roads that will have high volume traffic and at peak traffic times. Consider alternate routes including surface streets. The more traffic, the more likely you are to be involved in an accident.

#5: Familiarize yourself: Make sure you know where your pickup and drop off locations are. Use satellite imagery available online if you are unsure of exactly where you will park to load or unload passengers. Choose a safe spot that will not compromise the safety of your passengers, yourself or your vehicle.

#6: Be extra cautious at night: Always exercise extra caution at when driving at night and especially in tight maneuvering situations. Be alert, be aware, move slowly and cautiously.

#7: Leave room in front: Always leave plenty of room in front of your vehicle. It can be very frustrating if you are only traveling 15 mph in bumper-to-bumper traffic but don’t ride the bumper of the car ahead of you. Keep a buffer zone in between you and the vehicle in front of you. If anything goes wrong, there's a good chance it will be ahead of you. The more space you have in front of you, the more time you'll have to adjust and even wiggle out of the lane if you need to.

#8: Change lanes as little as possible: Pick a lane and STAY in it. If you find it necessary to change lanes, move over carefully, being aware of your blind spots and constantly check your mirrors. The odds of an accident increases dramatically each time a vehicle makes a move to another lane.

#9: Use a trucker's GPS. A GPS designed especially for truckers will show vital information such as which exit to take, distance before exit, when to change lanes, traffic reports, etc. They are well worth the cost. These units can be a huge help and can alleviate a lot of stress for the driver, especially when traveling in unknown areas.

#10: Slow down! The most important safety tip for a driver of a commercial passenger vehicle is to avoid speeding. It doesn't matter if you hold up traffic. The main focus is to get you and your passenger safely to their destination. You get paid by the hour. The company gets paid by the hour. There is no hurry.

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