Truckers Going Over ManifestAs a trucker, you have an obligation to deliver your cargo to its destination on time, without damage. Doing so helps your long-haul trucking company retain its reputability. It also reduces the insurance risks that the trucking company poses to itself and its clients.

Should an accident occur, cargo could get lost, and the truck could sustain damages. You might have to use liability insurance or collision coverage to fix the damages. Proper trucking practices help reduce your trucking insurance risks.

What are some of the best ways to easily tend to your safety while on the road? A general awareness of safety practices, as well as attention to risks, is beneficial to truckers of all varieties.

1. Follow the Rules of the Road

The first rule for every trucker is to follow the rules of the road. Truckers have different requirements than other drivers. They might have to follow special speed limits, or use certain braking pressures on inclines. Trucks are sensitive compared to the average car. Therefore, they need extra attention.

Every trucker must exercise caution, and drive only according to their training. Trucking laws are strict, and the sensitivity of these vehicles mandates special care.

2. Rest Properly

Truckers, especially long-haul drivers, often have to follow labor requirements. Labor requirements can be set both by law and by trucking employers. Trucking operates at a profit, and unsafe trucking offers a threat to that profit. Therefore, if truckers don't operate carefully, they pose a risk to their companies.

Drivers often have to follow rest requirements while on the road. For a certain number of hours worked, drivers often have to spend a certain number of hours resting. Proper periods of rest help drivers recuperate, so that they can better handle the rigors of the road.

3. Inspect the Truck and the Cargo

A well-functioning truck makes a trucker's job easier — and safer. Truckers have to keep their trucks safe to ensure that they can complete their mission.

When you pull into a truck stop or rest areas, take the time to inspect your rig for signs of problems. Check the lights, tires, oil, and engine temperature. Never forget to carry an adequate supply of fuel. If you find problems in the truck, do not move on with your load without assurances that the truck is not in danger. Communicate with your company about any delays due to mechanical issues.

Also take the time to protect the truck's cargo. Make sure it is securely stored within the trailer. If you have reason to believe that the cargo has sustained damage, work with your company and clients to address the problem.

Proper care can help truckers reduce their insurance risks, no matter how long they are on the road.

Heritage Insurance, Ltd. can help you get the coverage to meet your needs. Call us at (800) 667-7640 for a free Moose Jaw SK trucking insurance quote.
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