More often than not, when a truck causes a crash the brakes are blamed. But, this isn’t usually caused by a complete brake failure. Brakes are designed so that complete brake failure is extremely rare, and therefore when an accident occurs it is unlikely that the brakes totally lost their braking force. Instead, so-called brake failures stem from poor maintenance.
With 15.5 million trucks operating in the United States, using 52 billion gallons of diesel fuel per year and a projection that in 30 years the trucking industry will be hauling 45% more goods across this great country of ours; suggesting that the trucking industry jump on the bandwagon and “go green” shouldn’t be a groundbreaking revelation or thought. The benefits of going green not only will impact the environment positively but the benefits will extend into the pockets from all the savings that go along with being green. Here are our tips for truckers to go green:
It is no secret that semi trucks run through fuel quickly. On average, a semi will get 6.5 gallons of diesel per mile (naturally that number will fluctuate depending on semi model, going up hill, going downhill etc.). One way you can help with poor fuel mpg is aerodynamics. Aerodynamics is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the study of the properties of moving air, and especially of the interaction between the air and solid bodies moving through it”. If you’ve ever driven a semi, then you know there is a whole lot of air moving around the outside of your truck that creates aerodynamic drag.
High blood pressure is something that a lot of truckers fall victim too, however, your job depends on you maintaining a normal blood pressure level. If your blood pressure is over 140/90 during your Department of Transportation (DOT) physical (which you should have once every two years), you will have to go through quite a bit of work to maintain a valid CDL driver. No one wants to be put out of business for a medical condition that can be treated. You basically have two options to lowering your blood pressure so you can stay on the road: take medication or make necessary lifestyle changes.
The drivers seat. If you’re a trucker then pretty much 100% of your work day is spent in that seat. All that sitting has consequences to your overall health but more specifically leads to lower back pain. In fact, truck drivers will suffer from lower back pain at four times the national average rate. Lower back pain is caused by prolonged exposure to poor posture and the vibrations of the vehicle is a major factor.
To paraphrase: An ounce of inspection is worth a pound of repairs. Or towing. Or time off the road. The benefits to having regular maintenance and inspections on your truck always trump whatever excuses you may make.
Fog. It comes at the most unexpected and possibly worst times when you are a truck driver. It messes with your visibility and makes driving your rig even more dangerous than a typical day. Depending on the density of the fog, you may not be able to see past the hood of your truck, and when you’re a trucker, it’s hard to see the taillights of the cars in front of you during a period of fog.
Truck safety is the number one thing that needs to be top of mind if you are a truck driver. Not only does your life depend on it but the others on the road with you depend on you to be a safe driver. Trucking is a high risk profession due to the amount of driving, long hours and other drivers on the road as well. Here are a few tips to keep truckers and other motorists safe:
Many of you may think that idling your big rig is harmless, however, in all actuality it is not. If you are stick sitting in traffic, idling is unavoidable. However, if you plan to sit for a while idling is truly unnecessary. Idling your truck for long periods of time could lead to potential engine problems, is a waste of money, pollutes the air and is illegal in many jurisdictions (in some states fines are as high as $25,000!).
As a truck driver, you know you have a huge responsibility, not only to your company, but to your truck. Many truckers also take the responsibility of monitoring the open road ahead of them. In fact, truckers have been known to respond first to accidents or other problems they’ve seen on the road. You must give your full attention to do the job effectively and safely. Your attention is placed on many different things at once: what you’re doing, where you’re going, and what’s going on around you. But do you know what you should really be watching for when you’re in your rig? We’re here to tell you. Read more »