3 Huge Trucking Hazards and How to Avoid Them

Thief looking into vehicle.

There’s no doubt about it, over the road trucking has its perks. It’s just you and the open road, driving into the sunset and traveling through beautiful scenery day by day. You meet interesting people, stay in interesting places and enjoy the kind of freedom and independence that a cubicle job couldn’t offer.

But, it’s important to remember that truck driving has its dangers as well- as any job would. Staying fit and safe while operating a long haul vehicle over the highway is crucial, not only for health regards, but for the safety of others. Here are our top 3 trucking hazards and how to avoid them.

Hazard No. 1: Cargo Theft

According to Freightwatch, in 2016 there were on average 64 cargo thefts reported per month- the majority having occurred in parking lots. Parking a truck may not seem too dangerous, but in fact, a parking lot is a place where it’s crucial for truck drivers to be vigilant.

You see, thieves are lurking...whether they’re staked out in bushes or loitering. They’ll wait hours monitoring the ins and outs of a parking lot, waiting for that one unsuspecting driver to leave their precious cargo unattended.

How can you secure your cargo? Never leave your truck parked in an empty lot with dim lighting. Invest in security equipment to arm your truck and never leave truck keys in the ignition when you step away.

Hazard No. 2: Falling Asleep at the Wheel

This is a danger that you may not think will happen to you…but it’s actually one of the most common trucking hazards and incredibly dangerous.

Long hours on the road can lead to dozing off. It’s important to be health conscious when it comes to getting enough rest instead of trying to overdo it in order to meet deadlines.

Plan out your breaks accordingly, and if you’re too tired, don’t risk it- pull over and rest. Sleep apnea tends to be a common health issue among truck drivers. If you feel unsure about your health, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor.

Hazard No. 3: Reckless Driving

At one point in all of our lives we’ve witnessed a giant semi truck speeding along the highway, swerving as it overtakes one vehicle after the next.

We know you aren’t that driver. But, it’s always a good idea to reinforce the importance of safe driving. Speeding is unnecessary and abiding by the laws of the road when it comes to overtaking and using indicators makes a huge difference. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 22 % of fatal truck crashes resulted from speeding.


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