As a truck driver, you have gone through extensive training to handle a big rig safely. However, because your vehicle is so much larger than any of the others on the road, you can sometimes come across as a big bully. Authorities may be more likely to scrutinize your driving and look for reasons to pull you over and ticket you. An MCA motor club may protect you from points on your license, but the best protection may be knowing the rules and taking care to follow them.
1. Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
As a professional driver, you are held to a more rigorous standard when it comes to remaining sober behind the wheel. The legal limit for blood alcohol is typically lower for the holder of a commercial driver’s license than a personal one. It is better to abstain entirely when you are going to be driving.
2. Put Down the Cell Phone
As the dangers of distracted driving are better understood, more states are prohibiting the use of handheld mobile phones while driving. If you have to take or make a call, it is better to pull over until it is complete.
3. Obey Speed Limits
Speeding not only makes accidents more likely, it can also make them more serious when they do occur. In some areas, there are special speed limits, especially for trucks. Be sure you are aware of the speed limit and that you obey the correct one.
4. Mind the Gap
Because your vehicle is so large and unwieldy, you need to maintain more space between you and other vehicles. Give yourself sufficient space in which to stop, turn, change lanes, etc.
5. Pay Attention to Conditions
Inclement weather can make handling your vehicle more difficult. Pay attention to conditions of rain, wind, sleet, snow, and darkness. Adjust your driving so it is appropriate for the conditions.
Knowing and obeying traffic laws not only helps you avoid citations. It also helps you prevent accidents.