There are more than 11 million large trucks currently traveling U.S. roads, transporting everything from commercial products to building materials.
The trucking business is crucial to the country’s economy, and it’s not surprising that safety best practices are a concern. The trucking industry is looking for new ways to improve the safety of its drivers, which in turn should make the roads safer for everyone.
New safety recommendations and insights can go a long way in reducing the number of accidents that truckers are involved in, so it’s important to stay up to date on what the current logic dictates.
Read on to learn more about the five safety trends that every trucker should be aware of now.
1. The Question of Cameras
Not all safety measures are introduced with unanimous support, and the idea of introducing driver-facing cameras into trucks is being debated on website forums throughout the trucking business.
Supporters of installing cameras in trucks argue that the video systems will be used to corroborate a driver’s story in the event of an accident, and that management can use the footage to better train their drivers.
Others claim that installing the cameras sends a message to drivers that they aren’t trusted and need to be spied on constantly.
Cameras are not common in trucks yet, but it’s a trend worth keeping an eye on.
2. Improved Underride Guards
When a passenger vehicle rear-ends a truck, the front of the passenger vehicle typically travels under the rear of the truck. This can result in a fatal head injury for anyone in the passenger vehicle.
Truck underride guards are intended to stop such an occurrence from being possible, however, they have not always been designed to be strong enough to do so.
In recent years the design of underride guards has been improving to prevent underride in even extreme situations, and this trend could reduce fatal accidents involving passenger cars.
3. Better Technology
Embracing the latest technology can make a significant difference in any industry, and the trucking business is no different.
Electronic stability control is a system that uses engine torque control and computer-assisted braking to help truckers maintain control in challenging conditions.
A requirement that new trucks be manufactured with this technology is expected to reduce the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving commercial trucks.
4. In-Depth Safety Training
Having safety rules in place is important, but driver education is necessary if those rules are going to be successful.
Safety information should be made readily available on a trucking company’s website, for drivers to reference at any time.
It should also be promoted through other channels, such as social media or a company’s internal newsletter so that drivers have the chance to engage with it multiple times in several places.
5. Limited Hours of Service
Combating truck driver fatigue can go a long way in making the roads a safer place for every driver. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is authorized to limit the amount of time a commercial driver can drive for just that reason.
Current rules state that commercial drivers who are subject to limited hours regulations cannot drive more than 11 hours in a 24-hour period. In a week, a driver is not allowed to drive more than 60 hours unless they take a 34-hour break during that period.
After a 34 hour break, a driver can start their work cycle over from zero.
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