How pleasant is the feeling of taking the exit off the freeway that will lead you to a truck stop to enjoy a delicious meal and take a comforting rest after a long and exhausting day of work.
This sounds relaxing, right? Well, don’t relax too much, my friend as a large percentage of tractor-trailer accidents occur in truck stops, yards and parking lots.
These accidents occur because drivers lower their guard or are too exhausted after a long day on the road. The volume of heavy traffic and poor visibility are added to the difficulty of maneuvering in those places.
Some of the accidents in the truck stops, yards and parking lots occur when the drivers do not calculate enough space to make trailer turn. When arriving at the parking lots these are usually full of people who are arriving and leaving and seem too tired or relaxed and are not on traffic alert. And parking lots of course, are full of trucks and cars. Please remember, it is your responsibility to watch over them.
Be alert to pedestrians and other drivers who may appear ahead of you surprisingly. It is important that, as a professional driver, you bear in mind that these areas are the perfect place for accidents. Protect yourself and your vehicle by following these tips:
While entering in the truck stop or parking: Avoid any type of distraction, use the correct entrance, drive at a safe speed, turn on your truck’s lights and the emergency lights while constantly observing around you.
While parking: Park in well-lit places and in a straight line, do not park at the end of the row. Close your vehicle correctly.
While reversing: Eliminate distractions and avoid reverse unnecessarily and to your blind spot’s side. Use a guide if possible and stay alert by watching everything around you.
Before leaving for the road: Do a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle and do everything you have to do before starting the vehicle, such as talking on the phone, checking your paperwork, adjusting the radio, etc.
We hope these recommendations are useful and you have them in mind to avoid accidents that could cost you a lot of money. Insurance companies could have you stop working for a long time until they follow the procedures of the claim and repair the damages.
Have a nice day and a safe trip!