This will not be an article about some old and famous rules such as ‘don’t drink and drive’ since it is one of the most common rules drilled into our minds as well as other tips like being alert, avoiding congested traffic, and being more cautious during the night time… In other words, avoid anything that impairs your judgment and mental condition while driving. Below are the top five driving tips for every truck driver (owner operator or company driver) that are important in every situation while being on the road, so make sure to read this article to the very end.

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Always put your seatbelt on

Seatbelt Truck Drivers

Sometimes it may sound tiresome or annoying, but safety comes first, right? Studies have shown that 78.7% of people in an accident wore a seatbelt and of the total fatal accidents, 48.1% of these people were not wearing a seatbelt. This shows that seatbelts are the best defense against aggressive and distracted drivers. Prevention is better than cure, so make sure to keep this on your mind the next time you enter your truck. A seatbelt can literally save your life.

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Pay attention to speed limits

Speed Limits

Most people end up speeding because they have that excuse of running late or have everything under control, but, according to National Geographic, even birds pay attention to speed limits. Be careful of speed limits in order to be able to stop your vehicle on time if needed. Whenever you get the urge to ‘fly’ in your truck, please remember that you are responsible not only for yourself but for other drivers, too. What’s more, we’re sure that you don’t want to lose your job because you got a speeding ticket.

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Avoid using your cellphone

Cellphone Driving

Our cellphones are the number one distraction while driving nowadays. In many countries, it is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving. You should avoid talking and texting in order to prevent some serious problems on the road. You can find some interesting podcasts or radio stations and listen to them while driving, but you should still make sure you are focusing on the road. The moment you feel you are getting carried away, you should turn them off and take a break. Turning off your mobile data or wi-fi can be another useful tip. When you don’t have notifications to check, then it would make it much more difficult to use your brakes.

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Use the GPS

Drivers Using Gps

This gadget will help you in showing vital information when traveling to your destination by planning alternate routes due to traffic, showing which exit to take, when you should switch lanes, when to avoid heavy traffic or construction, etc. It´s indispensable to use GPS when exploring new places and routes. Having this device will make your job more enjoyable and less stressful.

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Get a good sleep

Taking A Rest

Sleeping well will keep you more alert on the road. We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep since it allows our body and mind to recharge. Do not forget to pull over if you’re feeling tired. Make sure to take some short breaks from time to time and stretch your legs or take a quick nap. Being well-rested will keep you at your best and remember the saying ‘’hasten slowly’’ (run slowly) and you will eventually get to your destination on time.

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