Truck driving can be a very demanding profession. Drivers are required to pick up and drop off loads at designated times that sometimes do not allow for much rest. Since truck drivers are primarily paid by how many miles they drive, it is important for them to get their loads delivered as quickly as possible, so that they can move on to the next job. While fast delivery is important, truck drivers should also consider safety the No. 1 when on the road.
A large safety concern for truckers is suffering trucker fatigue. This is when a driver becomes very tired while driving due to lack of sleep, resulting in a possible loss of coordination and response time. While it is very important for drivers to deliver their loads on time, it is also important that the driver factor in enough time to sleep. When a driver feels tired, he should pull over and either take a nap or rest. Do not try to push through or supplement little sleep with energy drinks or pills that could cause you to experience a sugar crash, thus making the fatigue worse.
Truck drivers are very often required to drive deliveries through ice, storms or other inclement weather. Before departing for your delivery destination, check the weather for your chosen route so that you will be aware of any potential weather hazards. Do not try to drive through heavy rain or bad road conditions as this could cause an accident. Pull over and wait for the bad weather to pass or choose a less hazardous route. If the hazard cannot be avoided, make sure that all safety equipment on your truck, such as snow tires or chains, radios and windshield wiper blades, are in good working order.
Because many truck drivers work alone, it is important that they have and use a CB radio. This radio will allow the driver to communicate with other drivers as well as receive emergency dispatches. Emergency frequencies can be used to contact local authorities in case of an accident or to receive important weather alerts. You can use the radio to talk with other drivers to help alleviate some of the symptoms of fatigue, as well as to warn them of any hazards or accidents that you may have already encountered on your route.