Driver Safety Trucking Regulations
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What are Driver Safety Trucking Regulations?

Long-haul truck driving is not as simple as it seems. It comes with various levels of vigorous planning, logistics, and a wide range of safety concerns and measures. As such, driver safety trucking regulations are aimed to enhance utmost safety in a field that is quickly becoming very dangerous.

In 2016, truck driving was rated one the most dangerous jobs, recording approximately 24.7 deaths in every 100000 workers. Besides drivers' fatigue, other inherent dangers actively put drivers (and other motorists on the highway) in danger.

Truck Driving Dangers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) classified large haul trucking accidents into four major categories including:

  • Non-performance- This mostly happens when the driver is worn out, sleepy or sick.
  • Decision-Driver intentionally ignores or misjudges road conditions.
  • Recognition- Common when the driver is distracted, for instance, when using a phone.
  • Performance- This includes driver and driving errors.
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    How to Enhance Long Haul Trucking

    When it comes to safe trucking, there are various agencies you can rely on to positively impact and enhance a driver's performance and safety on the road. For instance, we at Heavy Equipment Transport aim to provide truck drivers with a holistic approach to better, safer drive.

    We work on a one-on-one basis with the driver, providing better training and guidelines for safe and efficient driving. This might call for numerous ride-along sessions as we get drivers accustomed to the truck, the freight, and the dispatch process. Most of these agents work with truck drivers right from orientation, providing excellent exposure to the freight hauling operation, various departments, and other drivers.

    Safe Driving Culture

    They also work to create a safe driving culture that entails the different rules and regulations drivers should follow when on the road. This includes not using a mobile phone behind the wheel or any other activity that might cause distracted driving. They are also available to monitor the drivers' performance, take up the necessary action and provide reports and suggestions to the shipping company.

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