3 Ways to Stay Safe as a Commercial Driver

3 Ways to Stay Safe as a Commercial Driver

Many drivers have unsafe habits. In fact, despite the proliferation of hands-free laws, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about 11% of drivers still frequently use their mobile phones on the road. But unsafe driving practices can have even more deadly consequences when large commercial vehicles are involved. If you’ve decided to explore driving a commercial vehicle as a career, there are several steps you should take to ensure both your safety and the safety of everyone else on the road: 1. Go to Truck Driver Training Missouri law doesn’t require commercial truck driver training prior to issuing a commercial driver’s license, but it’s highly recommended that you attend training anyway. The skills you learn will protect you and others on the road, and the completion certificate may help you find a commercial driving job if you don’t already have one lined up. A typical truck driver training program includes both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction, putting you through as many simulated situations as possible so you’ll know how to react in a real emergency. You’ll probably also learn some basic maintenance skills you’ll need to keep your commercial vehicle safe to drive. 2. Understand Truck Driver Log Requirements (Commercial Driver) The times commercial drivers work are regulated by hours of service, which were created to reduce accidents caused by driver fatigue. The hours of service dictate how many hours per day and per week you can drive without resting. Truck driver log book rules ensure that working and resting hours are recorded and stay within the legal parameters. There are two important legal reasons to understand these...
Are You the Reason Your Child Texts and Drives?

Are You the Reason Your Child Texts and Drives?

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]When children reach the age where they can legally seek out a driver’s permit and begin to learn the rules of the road, it’s often one of the most terrifying, stressful times for parents. It’s no great secret that it will take teenagers years to develop the skill necessary for parents to stop worrying every time they get on the road. However, what if you found out that one of the biggest threats to your children’s driving safety is actually your driving habits? According to a study of Michigan parents being treated for auto accidents, recently published in Academic Pediatrics, 90% of parents admit to talking on the phone while driving. Additionally, two-thirds admit to talking on the phone and 15% admit to texting while their children are in the vehicle. In other words, parents are setting their children up for uncomfortable, expensive meetings with injury accident attorneys, if not a date with an emergency room doctor. Teens Are Already Extremely Likely to Get into a Crash Let’s be honest: the likelihood of our teens winding up in an accident and having to pay car accident compensation is already pretty good. As statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show, teen drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 years old are three-times more likely to get into an accident as drivers 20 years old and older. Annually, teen drivers account for 29% of all auto accidents in the United States, despite making up only 14% of the driving population. Clearly, our children don’t need any extra distractions that could land them in a hospital bed — or in...