It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned veteran or if you're a newbie as a truck driver all need to be prepare for the worst when going through the mountain ranges, windy roads and potential debris that could be on the roads for whatever reason. If you're driving in the winter time there are good chances that salt trucks and snow trucks haven't been able to get to these back of the mountain areas. The number of increased deaths and fatalities truly increases when drivers go into the slick and curvy roads of the mountains. Some of these accidents even lead to fatalities on the road.
It's important to always find out what the weather will be before a long trip. These road conditions are extremely important for the overall well being of not just the truck driver but also for everyone else on the road which would be effected in the event of an accident. This can lead to more accidents. If the cargo inside of the truck is flammable it can cause forest fire. Truckers can also check the weather as they go in order to make sure you're rig is going to be able to make the trip.
It'a also a good idea to talk to other truck drivers in order to get an idea of what roads are some of the best to be driving and on and what roads are going to be better to avoid given the weather that could be detrimental to the trip. Another thing to look at would be to check your braking system when leaving for a long trip. Imagine you haven't had your brakes checked for two years and go on a long trip through the mountains and expect clement weather which not only could cause delays but a weak or even broker braking system that hasn't been checked would cause a downward accident on the road hurting hundreds of other drivers on the roads. This is vital to have your brakes and other important things that could cause an accident like a broken transmission, ect.
We've all seen drivers on the roads that want to pass trucks. This is absolutely given. When driving on any road that gives you the opportunity to take a runaway lane, take advantage of this lane which has been placed in this location to protect the drivers who want to pass the truck that is likely keeping everyone else backed up. This is very important.
We all know that trucks get tailgated from time to time due to their lower speeds on the roads. But don't tailgate as a truck driver. Your vehicle is more likely to have an accident from tailgating another vehicle than a regular car. Not only because of the size but because of it's size it's ability to brake quickly is obstructed by it's size. Any over estimation of it's ability to brake could lead to a terrible accident.
Make sure you are fully covered before you go out and start driving. Not just for others sake but for your own vehicle's sake. You will be so glad you hadinsurance when you had it, so it's a must when you're on the roads. Get property damage, get motor carrier coverage, get liability coverage. You will feel and be much safer when you get these things all together and in the case of an accident you will completely sure you have the coverage even if you're just loading up your truck.
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