Tractor trailers are difficult to operate and drivers who operate them should be highly skilled and competent. To avoid big rig accidents, drivers must comply with the basic techniques involved in operating these vehicles. These critical, safe driving standards give all operators a benchmark to attain in order to reduce hazards as well as the possibility of being involved in big rig accidents on I10 and other major roadways. All drivers should consider the following points and adhere to the important safety techniques being referenced.
Obtain the Right Education and Training
One key factor in avoiding big rig accidents is proper training. Driving a tractor trailer requires drivers to receive a CDL or commercial driver’s license. Although obtaining this license is more involved than receiving a license to operate a passenger vehicle, there is no actual requirement for specialized training. Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that heavy truck operators must have the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a commercial vehicle, there are no actual listed educational requirements. So many heavy truck operators wind up behind the wheel without the proper preparation for actually operating these vehicles.
Those who wish to drive tractor trailers should study the CDL Manual provided by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and enroll in specific truck driver training. Many commercial carrier companies offer this training as a part of their employment. There are also numerous operator programs in which new drivers can enroll on their own to receive education and training to help them become safe drivers and avoid big rig accidents on I10 and other highways.
Become A Defensive And Proactive Driver
One of the main things that both the CDL Manual and most CDL driver courses stress is defensive driving which is the backbone of all safe driving techniques. It gives operators proper control over their circumstances and the best way to avoid big rig accidents. Safe and proactive driving methods allow truck operators to escape dangerous situations by staying alert and thinking ahead. This reduces the chance of being in a situation that may require a more offensive reaction.
Proactive and defensive driving means that operators are aware of their vehicle and surroundings, having received sufficient training to make safe and effective decisions. Such choices include obeying all speed limits and traffic laws, practicing good communication and visualization, and exercising proper judgment in more challenging situations, such as driving at night and in bad weather.
It also means thoroughly understanding basic truck operation, both on and off the road, in order to have the necessary control over driving, backing up, coupling, loading, and all other operations. Defensive drivers should also be skilled in various emergency maneuvers and skid control techniques. They should be able to recognize hazards and know how to handle them to avoid big rig accidents on highways like I10 and other roads.
It is important that tractor trailer drivers understand that the basics of safe driving and avoiding big rig accidents lies in knowledge and being proactive. By understanding these vehicles and what they require to perform reliably and safely, operators can make wise driving decisions. Alert, skilled, and defensive operators who adhere to known safety techniques and driving requirements are much less likely to be involved in dangerous I10 big rig accidents!
Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP
Robert W. Hildebrand, Attorney at Law
J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
7830 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland TX 77581