The Reasons We Crash
The FMCSA and NHTSA recently worked together and released a study on the reason that trucks have accidents when it is the trucks fault. Now, as we know, most of the time the accident is the fault of the car or another vehicle. We can't control that, we can only control ourselves. What were the top three reasons we crash when it is our fault?
3. Not familiar with the roadway. Even the most experienced driver can't know every road in America but did you look at the road on a map or GPS before you left? Curves, bridges and obstructions are all causes of accidents. Be as familiar as you can with where you are going before you leave.
2. Going too fast for conditions. I totally believe this one as I see this every day. In snow, rain, bad weather, traffic, construction or whatever else, SLOW DOWN. I wish they would have added tailgating to this but I suppose it goes with too fast for conditions. This is part of the problem of mileage pay but there is no excuse for it. Heck, there are drivers going 30 in the truck stop. SLOW DOWN.
1. Brake problems. Yes, this is the highest cause of accidents where the truck is at fault. Inoperable or brakes out of adjustment. They did not break this down (get it!) into owner/ops and company trucks. I would be curious to see how that went. If your vehicle has a brake issue get it fixed. Do not drive it if it has any problems, especially the braking system.
Since we cannot control what others do, this is the list of the things we can control to reduce our chances of being in an accident. Be safe out there.
See you on the road!
Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.