For most truck drivers, being safe on the road is such a priority that it’s easy to forget that accidents can happen off the road as well. Anytime a driver is rushing, not paying attention or being careless with safety precautions, this increases the probability of an accident.

At travel stops of America, drivers need to be aware of the objects and other trucks around them. Not only to prevent crashes, but to also maintain enough space around their truck to make exiting a travel stop of America easier.

It’s not always a matter of crashing your truck into an object that can cause an accident. Other accidents or injuries can occur when drivers forget to exit their trucks appropriately. An example of this is jumping from the cab can put too much stress on your feet, legs and back which can lead to broken bones or sprains!

Some other factors that can lead to an accident is by not checking your truck before leaving a rest stop.  That’s why it is important to use your basic skills training and these steps to prevent accidents from happening.

First, perform a Pre-Trip Inspection with every trip.

Not only should a Pre-Trip Inspection be performed before every trip, but it’s a required form of safety in the trucking industry, known as a DOT inspection. A Pre-Trip Inspection is meant for all drivers to check every area of their truck before hitting the road. That includes the inside, outside and underneath your truck too.

Once you’ve checked everything from the tires to the windshield wipers, your DOT inspection is complete, and you’re ready to hit the open road.

Second, follow the G.O.A.L. (Get Out And Look) Method.

Anytime you pull into a loading dock, rest stop or travel stop of America it’s always important in the trucking industry to G.O.A.L (Get Out And Look)!

By getting out and looking at the area, you’ll be able to see any objects that should be avoided while backing up. Some things you’ll want to look out for are items low to the ground, narrow spaces and other vehicles entering the area. That way you can plan your approach and find the safest way to get the job done.

Lastly, maintain three points of contact rule while exiting or entering your truck.

The idea behind the three point of contact rule is to have three parts of your body touching the truck at all times while entering or exiting. It will help to keep your stability, keep you from falling or losing your footing!

It’s not just new truck drivers in the trucking industry that need this reminder, but well-seasoned drivers also make these kind of mistakes, too! That’s why following these steps are an essential part of maintaining your safety on and off the road!

TransWood is committed to protecting the health, safety and security of our employees and independent contractors while minimizing the impact of our operations on the public and the environment where we operate. Please, contact TransWood so we can start serving your hauling freight needs.

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