It’s not often that you think about commercial truck driving as being one of the deadliest jobs, but the truth is that the truck driving industry is filled with numerous challenges that make this profession risky for those who choose it as a career.
If you’re ever driving behind a UPS truck, you may notice that the driver of the truck will not take any left turns.
If you live or work in a large city, you’ve probably seen “bicycle only” lanes or even lanes reserved specifically for buses or other types of public transport.
As a regular motorist, you probably don’t pay much attention to signs on the highway that warn about weight or height limits.
Most people are familiar with Uber, the popular rideshare service that lets you summon a car with a few clicks of your smartphone.
This has become evident in Southern California, home to the Los Angeles-to-Long Beach route that ranks as one of the most active port complexes in the U.S.
Most drivers know their weak spots when it comes to being distracted behind the wheel. Whether you have a hard time ignoring your phone when you drive, or you have a bad habit of eating on the go, you know what’s likely to pull your attention away from the road.
As one report states, truck driver turnover rates have remained at 90 percent or higher since 2012.
Interestingly, both sides of the trucking safety aisle say that long combination vehicles are too dangerous for the roads. Whatever they gain in efficiency is more than lost in the hazards they pose.
If you’re going to be on the road this summer, it’s important to be extra cautious around all traffic, especially trucks.