Driving a freight truck safely is a responsibility as big as the vehicle itself. Because other drivers often do not understand the limitations and safety challenges trucks must face, they may increase the level of stress you face as a trucker. However, learning to drive defensively and safely is a great way to make your work safer and less stressful. One way to drive defensively is to provide yourself with more than enough stopping distance. Your huge truck requires much more time and distance to reach a stop than a smaller passenger vehicle.
Also, a common sense tip that is too often overlooked by truckers is to slow down significantly before a curve. Remember, you always want to be pulling your trailer. If you feel yourself being pushed through a curve by your trailer, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Adhering to these and other rules of safe driving can greatly improve your time as a trucker.
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