Thanks to countless hours of training as a trucker, you proudly supply the nation with life’s essentials while maintaining high standards of safety. But safety, as you know, is not always in your control.
As the largest vehicle on the road by a long shot, you realize the dangers when you turn on the ignition. But decisions made by your employer and the other vehicles on the road can put you and innocent lives in great risk.
Being a truck driver is one of the most hazardous occupations in the U.S., and more than half of truck driver fatalities are from accidents on the road.
Top hazards facing truckers
- Improperly maintained equipment. Many employers push the limits of their employees and their equipment to increase profits. When maintenance is delayed as a cost-saving measure, your safety is at risk.
- Weather. In your profession, you drive in all road conditions, especially if your employer is pushing you against a hard deadline.
- Improper load distribution. A truck loaded in haste or by careless or overworked employees, greatly impacts maneuverability.
- Driver performance. A fatigued driver has a much more difficult time assessing, and reacting to, dangers on the road.
You knew your chosen profession was one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., but you signed up anyway because you felt you could perform to the highest standard of safety. Unfortunately, factors outside of your control put your safety and life, at great risk. Take care of yourself on the road, your life is worth more than meeting any deadline.