For many truckers and drivers, the truck stop is a haven. A place where you can finally relax, eat, and use the washroom after hours of driving. Because of this, people often lose their focus and as a result, injuries and mishaps can happen. Just because you’re off the road doesn’t mean you can neglect safety.
Truck Stop Safety Tips
If you’re driving a large vehicle, maneuverability and visibility are limited. As such, you should take special precautions at all times. If you’re in charge of managing a fleet of drivers, it is important to instill in them proper safety practices at all times in all places; including truck stops. Here is a short list of handy tips to remember at truck stops to ensure your safety and the safety of others around you:
- Walking all around your vehicle to check for any obstructions.
- Remember to check all your mirrors.
- Be mindful of possible unexpected pedestrian movements and actions.
- Do not assume that other vehicles can see you at all times.
- Be careful not to misjudge overhead clearances.
- Always follow posted signs.
- Do not drive to the point that you become fatigued and inattentive.
- Try to always maintain a patient attitude.
- Drive defensively, not aggressively.
- Avoid parking too close to other vehicles. Parking further away from the the actual stop will do you good as it gives you chance to stretch out and move a little after a long period of sedentariness.
- Always try to avoid parking such that you have to back out of your space; driving out forward is always preferential.
- If you have no other option than to back out, be sure to ask another driver to act as a spotter.
- If at all possible, do not park across from other trucks that will have to back out of their parking spots.
- Avoid parking at the end of a row because the cross-traffic there will increase safety risks.
- Do not park beside a vehicle that is parked crooked. It makes for inconvenient angles and such parking is indicative of an incompetent driver.
Taking breaks is an important part of safe truck driving, and truck stops provide a convenient and appropriate place to do so. Safe and careful driving, combined with a reliable GPS tracking system like EAGLEiGPS, is the ideal combination for getting your fleet where it needs to go.