Even though the number of accidents caused by trucks and their drivers is less than that caused by light motor vehicles, the amount of fatalities and damage that result from truck accidents far exceed those caused by other vehicles. This is why trucker safety should be a priority for all transport and logistics companies.
The large number of heavy duty vehicles on our roads makes it imperative that measures are put in place to reduce the number of accidents involving trucks. Keeping truckers safe, not only benefits the truck drivers and their companies, but everyone else on the road as well.
Here are a few tips for businesses to implement to keep their drivers – and everyone else – safe on the road:
Identify risky drivers
It’s important to ensure that the drivers you employ don’t have a history of reckless driving.
Research into the history of the potential new hire is a must to ensure that drivers act responsibly behind the wheel. Obtain information about expired licenses, moving violations, and other traffic infringements.
Ensuring that the person you employ is fit to travel cautiously on the roads is the first step to ensuring everyone’s safety.
Ad hoc training sessions
Even though you find someone fit to travel upon employment, a lot of things can change over time, including their eligibility.
Regular training sessions on the latest traffic laws, as well as basic rules-of-the-road would ensure that drivers remain up-to-date on all vital information, and will give you as a business peace of mind knowing your drivers are fit to be on the roads.
Another factor that could affect the driving of an individual – put simply – is laziness. Let’s face it, after years of driving, we all get a bit lazy. We don’t fully stop at stop-signs anymore, and we quickly pass through that orange light even though we know we’re supposed to slow down. These all seem harmless – until it’s not. Regular driving tests could ensure drivers still abide to these simple traffic rules and could prevent future mishaps or accidents.
Regular health tests
The health of the driver must be one of the company’s first priorities before sending the driver out with an order/ delivery. If the driver is ill, it increases the possibility of an accident happening, potentially causing damage to the truck, the goods in the truck, the driver, the road, other road users and any pedestrians and structures close to the accident at that time.
Regular health checks need to be done to ensure that your driver stays as fit as a fiddle. If a driver is ill, it’s essential that he or she is able to take a sick day to get healthy. Otherwise, orders could be delayed due to the employee not fully recovering, or damage could potentially be done to more than just the company’s property. Is sending a sick driver out on the road worth risking that much? No, it’s definitely not under any circumstance.
As mentioned before, keeping the drivers of your heavy vehicles (or any vehicles, for that matter) safe, not only benefits the driver, but so much more. There are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to the safety of your drivers, but these three tips should at least be your starting point.