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Truck on HighwayApart from the obvious road hazards, truckers face a variety of risks with every shift. Long, irregular hours, tight delivery schedules and sitting for lengthy chunks of time can stress your body and lead to health concerns. Below, we discuss four trucking hazards and how you can avoid them.
  1. Accidents: A big portion of trucking accidents involve a speeding driver. Always be mindful of the speed limit and take it slow on highway entrance/exit ramps because trucks' high center of gravity can lead to rollovers. Remember to use your mirrors when changing lanes or turning to check for cars in your blind spots. Even careful truckers get into accidents. Keep your proof of insurance handy just in case.
  2. Injury: Accidents aren't the only source of injury. Sprains and strains are common injuries during loading and unloading. Extremely heavy loads or hazardous cargo may also lead to more serious injuries like fractures, chemical burns, inhalation of toxic fumes and more. Protect yourself by following safety procedures and wearing any necessary protective clothing when handling cargo.
  3. Bad weather: Deliveries must go on, even in the rain, snow and hail. During bouts of poor weather, slow your speed and leave extra space for braking so you have time to reach a complete stop. Running a bit late may be inconvenient, but getting into an accident is much worse.
  4. Sleepiness: A lack of sleep not only makes you tired, but also irritable and foggy. In fact, the effects of staying awake for over 18 consecutive hours have been compared to being legally intoxicated. Plan your schedule carefully to allow yourself the time for a good night's rest at the end of each shift.
We've got you covered. Call Lancette Agency at (651) 264-1230 for more information on Minneapolis trucking insurance.
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