Tips for Bus and Truck Drivers

By PeterLogan

Safety issues are unique for large trucks and buses. Mx logistics has managed logistics for companies across various industries. Mx logistics Transportation of Machinery solutions can be modified to address specific industry challenges through sophisticated coordination and custom handling. These tips will help bus and truck drivers plan for safety on the road.

Make sure you are aware of your blind spots

To be alert for vehicles in your blind spots, check your mirrors every 8-10 second. Also, keep a 15 second distance ahead of you on the road (equivalent to one-half mile on interstates or one-two blocks in cities) to check for any traffic problems, work zones, or other dangers.

Be aware of long stopping distances

To safely stop large trucks and buses, they must be at least two football fields long. Avoiding curves and ramps, or driving too fast for the weather, can lead to rollovers and crashes. Pay attention to long stopping distances, and be careful when turning.

Take Care of Your Turns

Buses and trucks require extra space and time in order to make safe turns. Signal appropriately and make sure you turn carefully

Never be afraid to take a risk

Fatal car crashes are on the rise. Every time you ride or drive, wear your seatbelt. Safety belts save lives and reduce injuries. They also allow drivers to remain inside their cars and maintain control in the event that there is a crash.

Use a safe speed

Trucks and buses are large and heavy, which can increase the driving challenges such as acceleration and braking and maneuverability. Larger vehicles may accelerate slower uphill, but can gain speed more quickly downhill. Be safe, pay attention to your surroundings, and don’t exceed the speed limit.

Keep your eyes on the road and avoid distractions

You should get enough sleep. Don’t drive if you feel tired, ill or taking medication (including over-the counter medicine).

Driving distractions include texting. CMV drivers cannot text while driving. Mobile phones must be used only one way and should not be held in the hands. Distracting activities include eating, drinking, interfacing with navigational devices, reading maps and any other activity that distracts from the road. It’s best to pull over or exit the highway if you have to attend any other activity than driving.

Always use your signal

To give other drivers enough time to see your intentions, signal and brake early. Flashers, reflective triangles and/or road flares can be used to warn approaching drivers if you have to pull off the road.

Keep Your Vehicle In Good Condition

Before you hit the road, make sure to complete pre-trip safety inspections. This includes tires and brakes. As shifting loads can lead to a rollover, or loss of control, make sure your load is balanced and secure. Road hazards can be created by loose materials.

Make a Plan for Your Trip In Advance

Keep abreast of weather conditions and detours to ensure you are able to plan your driving time. Non-commercial apps and navigation systems may not give warnings about height and weight restrictions and other CMV restrictions.

Safety at Work

Many hazards exist in work zones, including lane shifts and sudden stops, uneven roads surfaces, moving workers and equipment and uneven road surfaces. The number of fatal work zone accidents is on the rise. It’s important to ensure that you take safety in work zones seriously.

  • Slow down, keep more space between you and the next person, and be ready to stop.
  • Respect all signs and signals in the work zone.
  • Be alert for vehicles in your blind spots and scan ahead to see changes in traffic patterns.
  • Be on the lookout for flag crews and road workers.