The quantity of road accidents involving heavy-duty trucks has gone up over the past few years. Unfortunately we cannot talk about heavy-duty trucks as those little pick-up trucks but those scary 18-wheelers. Though the reasons for these accidents are different, the majority is the fault of the driver of these massive trucks. Even so, inspite of causing these accidents, the truck drivers almost never get hurt because of the tough construction of these 18-wheelers.
A serious accident involving a truck typically involves a couple of small cars, injuries and probably death. If you want to avoid those accidents, you must get additional lessons from your driving school. As for truck drivers, they’re simply taught to drive very fast without any lessons on safety. It really is important that your driving instructor train you on everything and that you keep on studying on your free time.
Lots of people think that driving a truck is as easy as driving a regular car. While the driving concepts and the traffic rules are comparable, we are talking about two different vehicles. A small car involves less attention, the maneuverability is higher and even the collisions involving small cars are less dangerous. Just carefully consider parking a truck, and you’ll grasp the differences.
Most of the accidents that involve trucks are caused by tired truck drivers. Transport companies are required to allow a practical amount of time for travel, like three days for a distance of 1500 kilometers, but many truck drivers would laze around the first two days and try to fit everything in in one. Driving for twenty four hours is not easy at all sometimes for the most experienced driver.
The more lucrative transport companies are installing GPS in the trucks in order to avoid these types of scenarios. By doing this, the driver is required to drive only for 8 hours, he can’t break the speed limit, and he will have to honor the rules of the road. Even though the expenditures are higher in the short term, you will see the benefits later. First of all, just think about the costs if one of your trucks is associated with a massive accident. Also, people will see your company as respectable in making the effort to ensure safety and reliability. In addition, insurance charges will go down since GPS is considered a good safety feature. In fact, the insurance firm could give you a customized package with advanced services for all your trucks.
In some cases, the drivers would rather take their truck driver’s license directly without doing the training for smaller cars. While this is a bit unusual, it will happen. It is better to go for a normal driver’s license, then move your way up to a truck driver’s license. That way you have got a strong idea of the basics which will help you become a safe truck driver.