Overall, there are many perks to being a truck driver. The constant change of setting, great pay, and projected profession growth are just a few of the reasons why becoming a commercial truck driver is a great career path. However, the long hours on the road can cause safety issues. To help combat this, PLR Insurance has assembled this list to help truck drivers stay safe!
Always Buckle Up
Seat belts save lives! Not only does wearing a seat belt drastically decrease risk for both drivers and passengers, but in Illinois, wearing your seat belt is the law. Because they’re on the road so much, truck drivers should get in the habit of always clicking it.
Even a Few May be too Many
Truck drivers are subject to stricter drinking and driving laws than regular drivers. According to Illinois and federal law, operating a motor vehicle as a commercial driver with a BAC of .04% or above is a major offense. To be safe, truck drivers should avoid driving with any alcohol in their system.
Leave Plenty of Space
While it’s important for all drivers to leave plenty of distance in between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them, because trucks can be slow to react, this is even more important. Although it may seem excessive, a seven-second gap is the recommended standard for commercial truck drivers.
Take Care of Your Truck…and Yourself
Truck drivers should stop frequently to ensure that their truck AND body are functioning safety and correctly. This means not only giving your truck a quick checkup, but also getting enough sleep and eating healthy meals. Driver fatigue is a major risk factor for all driver—both commercial and noncommercial. If you’re going to be driving for long periods of time, make sure that you’re getting plenty of sleep and taking frequent breaks.
Be Prepared with Illinois Auto Insurance
Make sure all of the vehicles you drive are insured with PLR! Agents from PLR are happy to meet with you to ensure that your policy is exactly how you want it. Too busy? Let us call you! Fill out PLR’s quote form and hear from an agent soon!