What Truckers Wish You Knew

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Week 4 Winners

Erin Evans

Erin’s Tip:

I live in the northeast. A big safety tip for me living there is watch the leaves in the fall. The leaves can be very slippery even when just a little wet. Coming around a corner or trying to stop can result in you losing control of your vehicle. Leaves can be just as slick as ice and snow. Same goes for the sand at the end of winter. That too can cause you to lose traction.

Raymond Baker

Raymond’s tip:

I wish that the average driver knew to always complete thorough inspections on both the truck and trailer, constantly watch if the trailer is in their lane when driving, assume any vehicle close by will hit you (so you can act quickly against road hazards), stay off your cell phone (invest in a cell phone with Bluetooth and voice command) and last but definitely not least – stay positive about everything, NEVER give in to road rage.

Week 3 Winners

Judy Byerly

Judy’s Tip:

Lane changes: Turn on turn signal well in advance of lane changes. Allow other drivers to see your intention. Count off at least 5 clicks of signal and gradually begin shifting lanes, after visually checking lane at least 3 times. We have to overcompensate for other drivers to keep everyone safe.

Janice Cross

Janice’s Tip:

Pay attention and do not drive fatigued. Leave in enough time so you do not have to rush. Following distance is so important. If every driver would remember during rush hour that the space they see is not an opening for them to jump in and out of traffic. During busy traffic hours if everyone would have more patients and stop trying to pass the next vehicle we would be able to travel so much smoother. If I could tell regular drivers one thing it would be that a truck cannot stop as fast as a car, so please stop risking your life by cutting them off. I see this everyday and everyday I see an accident.

Week 2 Winners

Kecha Robinson

Kecha’s Tip:

“Well, I’m not a civilian truck driver but a military truck driver. I’ve been driving trucks in the military for 18 years now. My number one safety tip is your SEATBELT! Make sure you have it on at all times! Make sure you check your surrounding areas before pulling off. If you are carrying a load, make sure that load is secure! Don’t need any accidents in that manner. When trying to pass, make sure you check all three mirrors! Some people really be trying to get past us…lol. When entering and exiting your check, plus us three points of contact. We don’t need any line of duty reports. Check all fluids in your truck before, during, and after you drive. Ok well I’m going to stop here because I can go on and on…lol!”

Rhonda Luce

Rhonda’s Tip:

“Stay out of big trucks’ blind spots. Before passing a big rig, make eye contact with the driver in their mirrors. If you can’t see them, then they cannot see you.”

Week 1 Winners

Kathy Snyder

Kathy’s Tip:

“Learn and use the Smith System
Aim High In Steering. Look at least 15 into your future, not just at the vehicle in front of you.
Get the Big Picture. Look for hazards. …
Keep Your Eyes Moving. Don’t stare. …
Leave Yourself an Out. Monitor the space cushion around you.
Make Sure They See You. Use your signals.”

James Howard

James’ Tip:

“When in heavy traffic just pick a lane and stay in it. Jumping back and forth from lane to lane is just an accident waiting to happen, and go just little slower let everyone else pass you. Always run a dash camera.”

“Why I haul is to teach my 7 grandkids all about trucking. If trucks stop you don’t get food, clothes, fuel and gas. I teach them to respect trucks on the road.”

“After breaking my back a second time, I had to give up bricklaying. I found a way to sit on my butt & provide for my family all day long. So, I’ve spent 20 years out here sacrificing so much but proudly serving my country & paying taxes the best way I know. Today I feel that staying in the driver’s seat (as a very safe driver), I’m also keeping someone out of this seat who might not be. Without trucks, America stops. God bless the U.S.A.”

“I started trucking over 11 years ago. I never knew an OTR trucking job would become a passion, and how much this career would change my life. This career has allowed me to be independent and support my son alone. I love driving a big truck, enjoying the beautiful landscape across this wonderful country, and the breathtaking occasional rainbow gives a sense of peace to my gypsy soul! It has also made me a hard worker and gave me strength I never knew I had!”