When driving on the highway, particularly in trucks or buses, it’s crucial that you prioritize safety. Highway driving is challenging for most drivers, but in a large vehicle, the difficulty increases. Before you hit the highway, it’s important to make sure you and your vehicle are prepared.
Highway Safety 101
No matter where you live and travel, it’s important to drive safely on the highway. After all, these fast-paced roads come with their own set of challenges. So, when you hit any interstate, keep these highway driving safety tips in mind.
- Equip Your Vehicle
- Perform an Inspection
- Inventory Supplies
- Plan your Route
- Check the Weather
1) Equip Your Vehicle
Your vehicle should be fully operational and without mechanical defect. For maximum safety and ease your transmission should be able to handle the maneuvering, braking and shifting associated with highway driving.
2) Perform an Inspection
A physical inspection is very helpful to identify potential problems. Look at the tires, spare parts, mirrors, windshield, fluids, windows and cab.
3) Inventory Supplies
Commercial drivers are required to carry a first aid kit and emergency supplies. Check your inventory and make sure you have everything you need, from extra fuses to fire extinguishers.
4) Plan your Route
Don’t start driving without a plan. If you rely too heavily on your GPS or phone to guide you, you could easily get distracted.
5) Check the Weather
This seems like it would go without saying, but may many drivers head out on a sunny day only to have weather turn ugly. Be prepared, and go into each
Ready to Roll
Once you’ve adequately prepared and gone through this and other necessary checklists, you’ll be able to drive with confidence. Not only does safety benefit you and other drivers, but can save you big in potential fines and penalties.