It’s not much of a surprise to find out that most truck driving accidents involving parking and truck stops are caused by inexperienced truck drivers. They’re still learning the ropes, and they don’t have complete understanding of how their vehicles move. What’s less straightforward, though, is that new drivers are actually less likely to have highway accidents. One accepted explanation for this is that new drivers are very careful and aware and less likely to take risks, and as they become more experienced, they overestimate their driving abilities and become more accident-prone in certain aspects of truck driving.
The reason new truck drivers have increased rates of accidents involving backing is largely a matter of vision and understanding. Experienced drivers know that proper backing means having vision of yourself and others and knowing how your truck will move in order to steer. Acquiring comfort here is typically just a matter of time and practice, and as drivers become more comfortable, they’re less likely to have these kinds of accidents.
The next area of danger is when a truck driver is past the point that he or she is a new driver, but isn’t quite at the stage of being a veteran driver. This is the point at which drivers become comfortable with driving fast, sometimes even when it’s not safe, and they lose their sense of caution. Being overly cautious is what often keeps new drivers out of trouble on the highway – fewer distractions like eating or talking on the phone while driving means they’re more likely to keep their eyes on the road. Experienced drivers are also less likely to shy away from doing things like driving in traffic, taking a curve too fast, or going downhill in a higher gear. They think it can save them some time, but even if it does, it’s not really worth the risk.
The lesson to be learned here is that at any level of experience as a truck driver, you have to stay sharp to avoid accidents. Careless and reckless behavior can get you into bad situations, even if you’re otherwise a skilled driver. Safety should always be your top priority.