For both new and experienced truck drivers, Thursday is one of the busiest days of the week when it comes to wrecks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more truckers are on the roads hauling freight during the week than the weekends. Statistically this drives up the accident rate for weekdays. By Thursday, drivers are at their most fatigued and less alert with slower reaction times. A tired trucker traveling unfamiliar roads is at higher risk for an accident.
Driver error is the leading cause of truck accidents, and fatigue is a major factor. Truckers spend many hours on the road delivering goods and are more susceptible to drowsy driving than the average motorist. Adhering to federal hours of service regulations, staying hydrated, and taking rest breaks are all ways drivers can fight off drowsiness and avoid becoming a Thursday statistic. Most experienced truck drivers also take care not to tailgate, drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or speed recklessly. They know that losing their license means losing their livelihood.
The second most common cause of truck accidents is equipment failure. Tires and brakes must be vigilantly maintained to ensure safety for the many miles and hours a rig endures out on the road. Regulations require that trucking companies maintain inspection records for their vehicles. Drivers are the first line of defense in truck safety as they complete the daily inspections and will be the first to recognize when a mechanical issue arises.
Many trucking companies now employ video systems for driver safety. Cameras installed inside and outside the truck record the driver’s activities and the information can be collected and analyzed to improve safety records. The cameras are triggered automatically when a truck swerves, attempts a U-turn or collides with something. A company can acknowledge their exemplary drivers and also determine exactly in which areas other drivers need to improve. Risky behavior can be identified before collisions happen. The data also helps companies lower their operating costs by providing information about accidents. Video recordings can help prove the innocence of the driver in the event of a crash. On board cameras also discourage dangerous habits like texting and other forms of distracted driving.
While statistics such as this one about Thursdays may seem daunting, awareness of these facts and the causes behind them can help everyone using the roadways, not just truckers, be vigilant about safety.
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