The number of road mishaps connected with heavy-duty trucks has gone up over the past few years. We do not talk about heavy-duty trucks as those small pick-up trucks but those scary 18-wheelers. Though the factors that cause these accidents are different, the majority is the fault of the driver of these huge trucks. Even so, despite causing these accidents, the truck drivers almost never get hurt because of the tough construction of these 18-wheelers.
A bad accident of this kind would typically include many small cars, injuries and, more than likely, death. Should you want to avoid these types of accidents, you probably need to get better at defensive driving. The unfortunate part is, in truck driving school, they are only taught how to drive fast, and completely ignore the concept of safe driving. Ask your teacher not to skip any lessons, and study further during your free time.
Many of us believe that driving a truck is as easy as driving a regular car. Though both a car and an 18-wheeler do the same things, they run very differently. For one thing, a small car has better maneuverability and requires less focus. Just carefully consider parking a truck, and you will see the differences.
A large number of mishaps involving trucks are caused by tiredness. While the moving companies are obliged to give respectable transport times, (the company must allow 3 days for a 1500 kilometers transport in some countries), the drivers rather stay at their homes for one or two days, and then they would try to catch up in the last day. Twenty four hours of driving a truck is not so easy even for the most skilled driver, and it requires coffee, energizers and other methods to stay awake.
The top hauling companies want to avoid those scenarios by putting in GPS on the cars. By having GPS, it helps prevent the driver from trying to cut corners and makes them to drive in a timely manner. While the original costs are higher, it is going to be worth it in the long term. Firstly, just think about the costs if one of your trucks is associated with a massive accident. Plus, your clients will recognize your efforts to see that goods are delivered in a safe and secure manner.
There are several times when drivers would rather take the truck driver’s license and ignore the standard car test. While this is actually somewhat unusual, it can happen. It is recommended that you opt for a mainstream car license then work your way up to a big truck. By having a decent foundation of basic driving experience, you will be able to become a very safe and effective truck driver later.