Driver Education: Truckers

Consider these safety practices when you’re out on the road.

PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Get plenty of rest before driving. Eat well and stay fit. Driver fatigue and lack of attention can significantly increase your risk of a crash. Hours of Service violations are serious and can threaten your livelihood or even your life. Stay healthy and well rested, or don’t drive!

PLEASE SLOW DOWN IN WORK ZONES
Watch out for highway construction. Stay alert. Almost one-third of work zone fatal crashes involve large trucks. Most of these crashes occur during the day. Take your time going through work zones. Give yourself plenty of room, and expect the unexpected.

BE AWARE OF YOUR “NO-ZONE”
Auto drivers may not be aware of the size of your blind spots. Adjust your mirrors and be vigilant in watching out for vehicles in your “No-Zone”.

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Always leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. In rear-end collisions, regardless of the situation, if you hit someone from behind, you are considered “at fault.” Large trucks, given their mass, have much greater stopping distances than 4-wheelers. Take advantage of your driving height, and avoid hard braking situations.

ALWAYS MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE
It can save your life. Inspect your vehicle before each trip, and check your brakes regularly. Brake defects are the most frequently cited out-of-service inspection violation for big-rigs. Learn how to inspect your brakes, identify safety defects, and get them repaired before risking your life, and others, on the highway.

ALWAYS DRIVE DEFENSIVELY

Avoid aggressive drivers and maintain a safe speed. Two-thirds of all traffic fatalities may be caused by aggressive driving behaviors. The only thing excessive speed increases is your chance for a crash.

PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT

Buckle up for safety and vehicle control. If you are in a crash, wearing a seat belt may save your life and that of others. It will keep you in your seat and allow for you to maintain control of your truck. Increasing seat belt use is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.

ALWAYS WORK TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY SAFETY

On the highway, and through safety promotional events, be the professional! Help stranded motorists. Notify traffic safety agencies of crashes, unsafe drivers, unsafe roadway conditions, and other situations that can lead to crashes. Join a “Highway Watch” program, if available in your state. Your participation in public safety events and your performance on the highway can change public perception!

The term “tractor-trailer” or "big-rig" used on this website
refers to all Class 8 trucks which is the heaviest class.

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