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Bypass Roadway Dangers with these Box Truck Driving Tips

Coming in at number 7 on 2019’s list of ’10 most dangerous jobs,’ driving a truck is serious business. Unlike professional drivers who have earned a CDL, if you’re a box truck rental newbie, it’s easy to overlook common pitfalls. What box truck driving tips do you need to ensure a safe, smooth trip?

Coming in at number 7 on 2019’s list of ’10 most dangerous jobs,’ driving a truck is serious business. Unlike professional drivers who have earned a CDL, if you’re a box truck rental newbie, it’s easy to overlook common pitfalls. What box truck driving tips do you need to ensure a safe, smooth trip?

Arrive Safely with These 7 Box Truck Safety Pointers

  1. Familiarize yourself with the vehicle.
    Before setting off, familiarize yourself with key features such as the wipers, headlights, and hazard flashers. If weather changes suddenly, a quick reaction time helps safeguard you and fellow motorists.
  2. Verify essential components.
    Check your tires for proper inflation and carefully position your mirrors. Check fluid levels (coolant, oil, gas) and ensure your lights, wipers, and horn are in working order. 
  3. Watch your blind spots.
    Remember those ‘If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you’ stickers? These remind drivers to avoid a truck’s no zones. As a truck driver, you are responsible for knowing where they are. These blind spots are where collisions are most likely to occur when changing lanes or turning, are found:
    • Directly behind the truck.
    • Immediately behind the side mirrors.
    • In front of the cab, just off to the side.
  4. Adjust your driving with the weather.
    Slow your speed by one-third on wet roadways. If you’re driving north or into mountainous areas, beware of snowy/icy conditions, where you should cut your speed at least by half. Leave additional space between your vehicle and other drivers. Your truck likely weighs more than your regular vehicle and will take longer to come to a stop.
  5. Slow down around curves.
    Surprising fact: Even posted speed limits may be too fast when taking your truck around a curve or when navigating exit ramps. These speed limits are for passenger vehicles. In a box truck you should opt for far slower speeds to avoid tipping.
  6. Slow down in construction zones.
    Nearly one-third of fatal construction zone accidents involve large trucks. Ensure everyone arrives home safely by slowing down.
  7. Be careful with cargo.
    When possible, stack items low, spreading them across the full space of the truck. This improves handling and fuel economy (as opposed to towering loads which create drag and imbalance).

At Diamond Mitsubishi Fuso, we want you to arrive safely. If you ever have any questions about driving our trucks, we’re happy to provide you with the box truck driving tips you need. Contact us at 408-263-7300 today.

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