In order to drive safely, we must be mentally and physically alerted.
Fatigue, lack of driving knowledge, disturbance or temporary
emotional dilemma, and attitude are the four major factors that
affect our ability to drive safely.
Long distance professional
drivers know that fatigue reduces our attentiveness and impairs
our mental ability to recognize and react quickly.
Attitude towards our driving behavior may lead to confrontation or road rage.
Angry driver is the most dangerous weapon on the road. Even if your
attitude towards other drivers is more of positive side, trying to
be more assertive driver in Chicago rush hour situation might lead
to collision. Defying the law is the result of negative attitude.
Things like speed, not paying attention to road signs,
I don't care what happens, and the police are not around will
lead to undesired result.
Disturbance or temporary emotional dilemma; driving
requires full attention and any physical or mental disturbance can
lead accidental outcome. Things like communication devices, map
reading, eating or drinking, changing radio channel, or grabbing
something while driving can snatch our attention to drive safely.
Temporary emotional dilemma such as fear and stress can take our
attention away completely.
Lack of driving experience, immature
judgment, or not knowing controls of equipment in operation are
obstacles to safe driving.
Recommendations to drive safely
- Be aware - You must be mentally and physically alerted in all times while behind the wheels.
Also be aware of your movements, surrounds, and equipment at all times.
Check your mirrors, front door, back door, and gauges frequently.
Look beyond as far eye can catch while traveling interstates. Avoid
things on the floor that can slide under the paddles.
- Pre-trip your self and your truck - Before you move, ask
your self; "are you ready to drive mentally, physically, and
emotionally". Proper sleep and attitude will keep you on the safe
side. Make sure your truck is stable and operational.
- Obey the law - Obey the posted signs and always drive
at a speed that will let you stop safely. Drive slower if
rough weather or road condition or poor visibility exists.