In recent years, the sheer number of road mishaps including heavy-duty trucks is significantly higher. We’re not talking about the small trucks carrying furniture around; we are talking about those 18-wheelers that can provoke disasters on the highways. Though the reasons for these accidents vary, the majority is the fault of the driver of these massive trucks. However, inspite of causing these accidents, the truck drivers rarely get hurt because of the tough construction of these 18-wheelers.
A serious accident involving a truck usually involves a couple of small cars, injuries and probably death. If you wouldn’t like to be caught in this type of predicament, you may need to go back to driving school. Sad to say, the truck driving schools want to train the drivers fast, neglecting the security matters. You need to try to study defensive driving on your own.
A good number of people believe that driving a large scale truck isn’t any different than driving a sedan. Though both a car and an 18-wheeler do the same things, these vehicles function very differently. Typical cars are just less difficult to drive because you have better management and requires less focus. Just consider parking a truck, and you will understand the differences.
A lot of the accidents that involve trucks are due to drowsy truck drivers. Although the transport companies are obliged to give decent transport times, (the company must allow 3 days for a 1500 kilometers transport in some countries), the drivers rather stay at their homes for one or two days, and then they would try to catch up in the last day. 24 hours of driving a truck is not so painless even for the most skilled driver, and it requires coffee, energizers and other methods to stay awake.
The most impressive transfer companies want to avoid those scenarios by installing GPS on the cars. This way, the driver is obligated to drive only for 8 hours, he can’t break the speed limit, and he will have to adhere to the rules of the road. While the original costs are higher, it’s going to be worthwhile in the long term. First, plenty of money could be saved from fixing a damaged truck. Second, your associates and customers will gain faith in your services, knowing that their goods are watched and followed every second.
There are several times when drivers would rather take the truck driver’s license and by pass the standard car test. While this situation is uncommon, it happens. Even so, it is better to take the conventional method: take your license for driving small and medium cars, and get to the big cars later. That way you have a strong idea of the basic principles which will help you become a safe truck driver.