What safety topics should fleet companies address?

| Mar 23, 2021 | Truck Accidents |

Fleet companies in Indiana rely on their employees to observe the law and drive their trucks with precision and vigilance. Company management can facilitate your ability to perform your job safely when they provide you with adequate safety training.

Your employer can ask for your feedback to make training materials more applicable. Safety courses should address the risks of your job.

Vigilance and awareness

Driving a big truck means you have more blind spots. You may not notice smaller vehicles driving nearby you unless you are watching closely. Distractions, fatigue and negligence can impair your ability to notice hazards on the road until it is too late.

Some of the training your company provides should focus on responsible driving practices. According to Truck Freighter, safety training may include information about the following:

  • Proper signaling techniques
  • Traveling in heavy traffic
  • Observing the speed limit

Inspections and regulations

Federal regulations require that your truck meet specific criteria to operate safely on the road. Your company may also have its own description of procedures to follow to ensure that your truck remains properly maintained. Periodic inspections can help you identify problem areas before they compromise the operation and safety of your truck.

Failure to abide by federal regulations, including using proper loading techniques for freight, could compromise your job. If you get pulled over and authorities identify violations of federal requirements, you could face serious legal consequences including fines and probation. Your employer can help prevent this when they provide adequate training about your responsibility to make sure your truck meets every requirement prior to travel.

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