There are tons of things not to do while driving a normal everyday vehicle. The list gets even larger when you drive a tractor/trailer. Common sense should be used when deciding whether you should or shouldn’t complete the task. During the last week of January, a 57-year old trucker crashed driving along I-20 because he was pulling out his tooth.
An Alabama State Trooper said that the driver took his hands off the wheel to pull one of his teeth, lost control of his truck, veered into the ditch and struck a tree. The police report stated that he had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof. Luckily, the driver was not seriously injured, but part of I-20 was closed to traffic for 11 hours.
While this is not an everyday occurrence, accidents involved with a tractor/trailer can and do occur. In 2012, there were over 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks and over 330,000 large trucks were involved in traffic collisions. There are many factors in which causes these accidents, but the top reason is due to driver tiredness and fatigue. To solve the tiredness and fatigue problem you may have, start by eating properly and exercise regularly. Another great tip is to relax more and improve your sleeping habits. For those coffee drinkers that drink all day to keep awake, but end up just as tired. Many truck drivers and regular commuters don’t realize that while caffeine stimulates the body to keep you awake, but by drinking too much coffee can overstimulate your body and cause exhaustion.
These task may seem simple and easy to accomplish, yet we still have so many accidents. To reduce the number of accidents, truck drivers must also worry about the other drives too. Many drivers don’t realize how long it takes to stop a full tractor/trailer, so when they pull out in front of the truck driver and suddenly stop, an accident can occur if the truck driver isn’t paying attention and adjust to the person that pulled in front of them.
With new technologies coming and stricter regulations, the total number of accidents should begin to decrease. We hope that in the near future we can see the number of accidents be cut in half, and then half again until we don’t have any at all!