By: Enrique Serna
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10 Steps to a car accident
When we talk about freight transport, security is essential. Preventing accidents should be one of the great priorities of your company. An accident can have serious consequences for the driver. In addition, your truck will be damaged and you will face a possible fine. To avoid accidents in the transport of goods, you must avoid the following 10 mistakes people make at all costs.
- Not respecting the highway code
Traffic regulations are not imposed on a whim. Its objective is to avoid accidents. Your truck is one more element of the road. All vehicles must comply with the current traffic rules to avoid accidents.
- Driving without wearing a seat belt
The basic safety element of any vehicle is the seat belt. It is what in the event of a collision will prevent you from being shot towards the glass. A simple gesture like tying your belt can save your life. Doesn’t it seem absurd to risk it this way?
- Exceeding the allowed speed or driving recklessly
The way you drive directly influences your chances of having an accident. Driving at excessive speed will decrease your ability to react to any setback. Similarly, turning hard or braking hard are also bad practices to eradicate.
- Distract yourself behind the wheel
Driving is an activity that requires your full attention. As much as you have more than half a life behind the wheel and you know the route like the back of your hand. Many accidents are due to distractions caused by the mobile phone or the gps navigator.
- Disobeying driving and rest times
Driving too many hours or not getting enough rest does not only have legal consequences. Excessive driving causes fatigue and sleep, two clear causes of accidents. For more information, remember this article in which I told you about the driving and rest hours stipulated by the Tachograph Law.
- Not taking into account the weather conditions
You should not drive the same on a sunny day as one on which it rains a lot. When a strong wind blows or when there is snow or ice on the road. Each weather condition hides a different way of driving. Reduce speed and increase stopping distance when it rains. Attach the chains if it is snowing.
- Do not carry out preventive maintenance on your truck
Often accidents are not due to poor driving, but to poor truck condition. However, that cannot be an excuse. No waiting for the truck to break down. Perform preventive maintenance. Not only will you gain in security, it will also be more profitable.
- Drink when you must drive
It is obvious that driving is more dangerous when under the influence of alcohol. Not only do you have worse reflexes, you also lose the feeling of danger. No matter how much experience you treasure or how skillful you are behind the wheel, alcohol and road will never be compatible.
- Don’t worry about your truck
The truck is your travel companion. The one that always accompanies you in the long hours behind the wheel. Taking care of him is essential to avoid unpleasant situations. Make sure you pass the Technical Vehicle Inspection when it is your turn. Keep all your documentation up to date.
- Neglecting your health
If the health of your truck is important, yours is not less. Poor health can lead to poor driving. Attend a medical review at least once a year. Run away from sedentary life, when you don’t work choose to exercise. Also try to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Driving a truck is a big responsibility. Nothing less than road safety is at stake. A professional driver cannot put his own safety and that of others at risk. By avoiding these 10 bad practices, you will be a little further from an accident.
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