Did you know that the Fourth of July is considered one of the most dangerous holidays of the year and it’s not just because of the fireworks? With more vehicles on the road, there’s also a greater risk for traffic accidents. Despite the risks, truckers must continue to do their jobs, which is why we’ve put together a list of some Fourth of July safety tips for truck drivers.
We know – this one applies to truckers all the time, but it’s especially important during periods of heavier traffic. Make sure you’re well-rested and not distracted. The number of drunk driving accidents increases significantly on the Fourth, so it’s critical for you to be careful and attentive. If you’re feeling tired, get some rest. Many studies show that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Stay aware of other drivers on the road. No matter how safely you’re driving, one reckless driver is a danger to everyone else on the road.
Be Mindful of the Weather
The Fourth of July falls right in the middle of thunderstorm season, so severe weather safety is a must for truckers. We all know that the weather can change quickly in many parts of the country, so it’s important to check the weather for your route ahead of time. If there’s a chance of severe weather, consider taking an alternate route. If you can’t monitor the weather closely and pull over if conditions get too dangerous to drive.
Watch Your Speed
If you find yourself outpacing the traffic around you, slow down. Remember to reduce your speed if you’re driving in areas where there may be families and large groups of people. Keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Like we said before, traffic is usually quite heavy for the Fourth of July. With all the hustle and bustle, it’s very possible for truck drivers to get caught in a traffic jam or two, or more. Plan your route ahead of time and account for potential delays.
Many truckers like to talk to their loved ones on the phone while driving, but this might not be such a good idea this time of year. While it’s possible to talk while keeping your eyes on the road, it still requires your mind to focus. In addition, try not to eat while you’re driving. One second of looking away from the road to open a bag of chips could have big, potentially dangerous consequences.
Maintain Your Truck
Summertime can really take a toll on trucks, so make sure your rig is road-worthy and well-maintained. During the summer, it’s a good idea to check your tire pressure more regularly to avoid blowouts. If your tires are underinflated, fix the problem as soon as you can!
While many – if not all – of these tips apply to truckers year-round, it’s never a bad idea to offer suggestions for staying safe on the road. Remember, implementing small safety procedures can make a big difference for you, and everyone else on the road.
Have a great Fourth of July weekend, and as always, drive safely!