Truck road emergencies are eventualities that should be expected to happen, and when they do, truck drivers should be prepared to handle the situation. Truck accidents are common and they usually occur due to causes that can be prevented. Trucks are large vehicles that can dominate the highway. Skilled truck drivers are needed in order to manage large fleets so as to prevent road accidents and other road emergencies. Here are some guidelines that can help you exercise the appropriate initiative about what to do in case a road emergency happens.
Risk assessment and control
The risk identification process should begin with trucking company management. It is important to ensure that all fleets are in good running condition and to assess possible roadside work accidents. Truck drivers may require some formal training for a road emergency to enhance their skills in managing emergencies and mitigating serious injuries to persons and property. The best approach to road emergency is an individualized approach based on specific scenarios. Some of the road emergencies that could happen are preventable, making risk assessment and control very important. Among the best approaches in this aspect would be truck driver training, proper vehicle setup and enhanced communication processes.
What to do when your truck breaks down
A stalled truck on an open road can be dangerous. As much as possible, make sure to avoid stopping on a blind curve or in the middle of the road. If you can, continue driving at a safe speed in order to pull over to a safer place. Make sure to turn on the hazard lights. If you can, open the hood of the truck to show other traffic that your vehicle has stalled. Use warning devices for safety.
It is possible to lose power in your vehicle in the middle of the highway. When this happens, make sure to turn on the hazard lights in order to give warning to the other drivers on the road. When it is dark, turn on the headlight at low beam. Call for help immediately.
What to do during a winter storm
Being on the road in winter can expose you to the risk of road hazards and stalling. The weather has the ability to disable the vehicle power, heat and communication services. Moderate snow, strong winds and blizzards can impose driving hazards that may cause road truck accidents and emergencies. Trucking logistics come in very handy in predicting bad weather and can help the truck driver or dispatcher decide whether it is safe to be on the road under certain weather conditions. Under unpredictable weather, it is best to reschedule truck deliveries in the event of an upcoming storm.
Make sure to keep an emergency kit including such items as a shovel, flashlight, first aid kit, battery-powered radio, booster cables and emergency flares when travelling during winter season. Long-haul truck driving will usually require winterizing the vehicle by checking the truck’s antifreeze level, heater and defroster, fuel and oil filters, brakes, battery, ignition system, lights, thermostat and windshield wiper equipment.