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Truck on Hilly Rural HighwayLong-haul truckers work long hours and carry very important cargo. It is up to these drivers to make sure that they deliver their products safely to their destinations.

A long-haul trucker has a responsibility to his or her company, the product, and other drivers on the road. Truckers need to drive using the strictest personal and operating safety procedures. If you're a trucker and you fail to operate safely, you put your company and your personal liability at risk.

There are many personal safety tips truckers should follow while on the road:
  • Many laws require that drivers follow strict operating and rest procedures. Commercial truckers usually must only operate their vehicles for only a strict number of hours at a time. Do not operate your truck past your rest limit.
  • Eat and drink appropriately while on the road. Doing so will help you keep your stamina and general health in line while driving.
  • Do not consume alcohol or illicit drugs while operating a truck. You also might not be able to drive while consuming certain legal drugs like painkillers. Make sure you know your employee consumption rules before driving.
  • Stop your truck only in safe places. Plenty of rest stops and truck stops offer safe refuge for long-haul truckers. Many truckers keep networks of safe, clean places to rest.
  • Rest when needed. Don't become fatigued. Do not allow deadlines to rush you or make you take risks on the road. If you become fatigued, take some time to relax. Only you know your safety limits. It is better to be late for a drop-off than it is to cause an accident on the way.
  • Make sure that the truck is in good working order. Check for leaks of gas and oil, make sure your tire pressure is good, and keep the trailer tightly secured to the cab.
  • Avoid driving in severe weather. If the weather is impacting your ability to safely operate the truck, pull off the road to a safe space. Wait until conditions clear.
  • Drive safely at all times. Follow all the operating requirements that the law and your employer mandate.
  • Understand your insurance liabilities. If you experience an accident you need to be sure that you have proper trucking insurance. Keep insurance verification with you at all times.
As a trucker, be careful to make sure you always do the right thing. Your personal safety is paramount to the safety of the truck. Keep this in mind when driving.

We can help with coverage. Call Lancette Agency, LLC at (651) 264-1230 for a free Minnesota trucking insurance quote.
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