Six Safety Tips to Help You Keep on Truckin’

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Between 2017 and 2018, fatal accidents involving large trucks increased nearly 17% to more than 4,200<\/a>, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Most of these fatalities occurred in smaller passenger cars struck by large trucks. The risk posed to smaller vehicles by large trucks led the federal Department of Transportation to impose safety guidelines aimed at preventing serious accidents. Here are the six most important of those guidelines.\n\n \n\nWatch Your Speed<\/strong>\n\nSpeeding is a major cause of fatal trucking accidents in Texas. Always stay below the posted speed limit, and be aware of special speed limits imposed on large trucks. You need more time to stop safely than a passenger car does, and speed limits are designed to ensure that everyone can respond appropriately to an obstacle or weather event. In Texas, the weather can change suddenly and violently; don\u2019t be complacent about your speed, even when conditions seem perfect.\n\nAvoid Distractions<\/strong>\n\nIt\u2019s tempting, especially hours into a long haul, to let your attention wander. Don\u2019t. Distracting yourself with mobile devices or other diversions isn\u2019t just a recipe for an accident, it\u2019s against federal law. Even if you\u2019re lucky enough to avoid catastrophe, if you\u2019re caught paying more attention to your phone than to the road, you could face severe penalties and even the suspension of your license. Invest in a hands-free system if need be, and use it wisely.\n\nKeep Your Distance<\/strong>\n\nExperienced truckers develop a feel for how each payload affects braking times; smart drivers know that this is just a general sense, and that a lighter-than-usual load doesn\u2019t mean that they can creep up on other traffic. Leave at least 20 feet between the front of your truck and the back of the vehicle in front of you. That distance, and a little technique, can mean the difference between coming to a safe stop and losing control after slamming on the brakes.\n\nBrake Wisely<\/strong>\n\nDifferent conditions call for different braking techniques. Good braking starts with anticipation: seeing the road ahead and deciding what combination of speed, gear, and braking will be necessary to get around a curve or negotiate a grade. Some situations call for pumping the brakes; others require steady pressure. Knowing which technique to use can go a long way toward keeping your truck rolling and not jackknifed.\n\nAvoid Fatigue<\/strong>\n\nTired drivers can be dangerous drivers. Not only should you keep an eye on your own need for rest, you should follow the FMCSA\u2019s hours-of-service regulations<\/a> to the letter. These regulations limit truckers to 70 hours on duty over the course of eight consecutive days, and limit driving to a 14- or 11-hour window after coming on duty, depending on how much off-duty time the driver has had.\n\nMaintain Your Vehicle<\/strong>\n\nTrucking companies are responsible for the overall state of their fleets, but individual drivers bear some responsibility for their rigs. 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