At Autoworks in Ithaca, we understand how important safety is in the world of truck driving. The stakes are higher in a big truck; potential for damage is obviously far greater, to you, your cargo, and other people on the road. Here are some easy tips that go a long way.
Don’t assume other drivers are going to make wise decisions. Most people don’t consider blind spots and stopping distance when they drive around a large truck, which means it’s up to you to make sure their bad decisions don’t turn into your problem. Constantly be aware of your surroundings, and be prepared for passenger vehicles to cut you off, pass in the wrong lane, etc.
Keep your distance, it takes longer to stop and maneuver large vehicles, so maintain a wide gap between you and other vehicles. Look as far ahead as possible to monitor your situation; not just directly in front of you. Catching a potential problem way before it happens ensures you’ll be able to deal with it far ahead of time. Being seated higher than most other drivers gives you the ability to see farther down the road - take advantage of the situation.
Keep your truck well maintained! Brakes, tires, suspension, lights, wipers, and other equipment should be kept in good working order, to provide you with smooth and safe travels. Poorly maintained and malfunctioning parts make your job harder and have a huge impact on safety. Keep your truck maintained and have it inspected to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
If your truck needs repair, or you’d like it inspected to make sure it won’t in the near future, come by Autoworks and let our mechanics take a look. We’re fast, thorough, and will keep you on the road, hazard-free. Stop in today!
Thank you for visiting Autoworks in Ithaca, NY. Count on our automotive repair technicians to keep your car, truck, suv, or van on the roads longer and safer.