Midlane Truck & Trailer Repair has your back. We know that semi-versus-auto accidents are oftentimes the automobile driver’s fault, but people just can’t wait to blame the truck driver. Unfortunately, there are isolated instances where an accident is the semi-truck driver’s fault. Here are the five most common causes of a semi-truck accident and steps you can take to avoid them.
1. Driver Fatigue
This is something truck drivers have limited control over because many are overworked. Still, you must do your best to stay alert behind the wheel so you do not cause an accident. Stop frequently to get out of your truck and move around. Take breaks and catnaps when you can. Don’t take any illegal substances to keep your stamina up. Avoid fatty and sugary foods and drinks, too, as they cause fatigue.
2. Alcohol and Drugs
Unbelievably, there are drivers out there who operate their semis under the influence. Resist any temptation to do so no matter what. Alcohol and drug use can cost you your job, your license and your ability to earn income, not to mention the possibility of fines and jail time. It’s even wise to avoid drinking once you’ve stopped for the night. You sleep better without alcohol in your system.
3. Speed and Lane Changes
This cause of a semi-versus-auto accident is oftentimes the other driver’s fault. People don’t understand semi-trucks cannot slow down or stop on a dime, and they often cut them off too short. That said, it’s important for truck drivers to know their load, their speed limitations, and how those two affect driver control. Don’t drive too fast for your load or try to overtake roadway positions. Take it slow and safe.
4. Distracted Driving
This is also something that more automobile drivers do than truck drivers but it’s easy to get distracted in your rig, especially if you’re on the phone or receiving text messages like everyone else. Distracted driving rules apply for semi drivers as they do for all other drivers and the best rule is to turn your phone off. If you don’t need it for your job, turn it off and leave it off until you stop for a rest or the night.
5. Poor Vehicle Maintenance
Assuming you’ve been trained properly, which isn’t always the case with truck driving schools, another common cause of accidents is poor vehicle maintenance. Semi-trucks deal with a lot. They are heavy, they carry heavy loads, they have 10 to 18 wheels, and they’re a bleep to handle. It’s impossible to overstate how important it is to keep your rig and the trailer properly maintained at all times.
Why? Because doing so prevents accidents. Midlane Truck & Trailer Repair in Eugene, OR, is a full-service semi-truck maintenance and repair shop. Call us today at 541-246-9551.