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How to become a better truck driver

Many risks and dangers can put truck drivers in peril, so becoming a better truck driver should is a priority to stay safe on the road.

Here are some recommended tips and tricks to help improve truck-driving skills, instill more confidence and become a better truck driver:

Being a better truck driver can be easier if adhering to safety practices.
Being a better truck driver can be easier if adhering to safety practices.

Getting To Know Your Vehicle

Every truck is different, so getting to know your vehicle will  help you to become a better trucker. Since each truck is unique, familiarity builds expertise.

And since every truck is different, taking time to understand the nuances and the personalities of individual trucks will help develop truck driving skills, including learning its strengths and weaknesses.

For example, to what degree can a truck’s limits be tested? What maneuvers should be avoided? Online research is readily available to learn more about your truck.

Remove All Distractions

It’s common for truckers to create a kind of “nest” inside their cab. Many products are available to keep drivers comfortable throughout their shifts.

But if any of these things provide a driving distraction, consider removing the time from the truck. Driving a truck is difficult, don’t risk adding any distractions and potential dangers to the already challenging task of controlling an enormous, multi-ton vehicle.

Be diligent not to check your smartphone while driving to potentially lose sight of the road ahead. Also, make sure not to re-arrange the decor in the cab of your truck while driving. It can also be a major distraction and result in an accident.

Reiterating to avoid trucking accidents, take the time to limit or remove distractions altogether — food to technology devices and decor to music.

Being a better truck driver can be rewarding, but it’s never simple. Using common sense practice will help truck drivers become better truck drivers.

Content provided by The Weekly Driver News Service and additional news sources.


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