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5 areas truck drivers may have inadequate training in

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Truck drivers can help ensure goods reach their destinations efficiently. However, insufficient driver training poses huge risks, especially for car occupants.

These risks can lead to serious personal injuries and even fatalities.

1. Blind spots

Truck drivers often operate vehicles with large blind spots, especially along the sides and rear. Without proper training on frequent checks and mirror adjustments, drivers may not see smaller vehicles nearby. This can lead to collisions or forced lane changes, endangering car occupants.

2. Defensive driving

Without adequate training, truck drivers may not fully grasp defensive driving principles such as maintaining safe following distances, anticipating potential hazards and adapting to changing road conditions. This lack of preparedness increases the chances of accidents with severe consequences for car occupants.

3. Vehicle dynamics

Truck drivers must get training in the unique dynamics of operating a large, heavy vehicle, especially during turns, lane changes and sudden stops. Otherwise, drivers are prone to errors such as improper braking distances, oversteering or underestimating the space they need to maneuver.

4. Cargo securement

Properly securing cargo helps with vehicle stability and prevents objects from shifting or falling onto the road. Without thorough training on cargo securement techniques and regulations, truck drivers may inadvertently transport unstable loads.

5. Fatigue

Long hours on the road can lead to driver fatigue, which hurts judgment, reaction times and overall alertness. Inadequate training may mean drivers do not recognize the signs of fatigue or understand the importance of taking breaks to rest and rejuvenate. Fatigued driving significantly increases the risk of accidents with severe consequences for car occupants.

Addressing these training gaps contributes to a safer transportation environment for all road users.