Truck Driving Rules of the Road

Safe Driving Tips For Truck Drivers

Are truck drivers trained on safety before they get out on the road? The answer is that most companies require their truck drivers to go through safety training.  One of the common training methods is to develop what we call the “Five Seeing Habits.” These are driving tips that stress the importance of space and visibility when driving tractor trailers. They may seem awkward but with practice you can easily use them into your every day driving.

An easy way many truck drivers remember the habits are  by remembering “ All Good Kids Like Milk”.  An acronym for Aim High in Steering, Get the Big Picture, Keep Your Eyes Moving, Leave Yourself an Out, Make Sure They See You. Ok, now give it a try and be a safer driver.

The Five Seeing Habits are:

1. Aim High in Steering: Look as far down the road as possible to uncover important traffic information to make appropriate decisions.

2. Get The Big Picture: Maintain the proper following distance so you can comfortably determine the true hazards around your vehicle.  Don’t tailgate others.

3. Keep Your Eyes Moving:  Scan – but don’t stare.  Constantly shift your eyes while driving.  Active eyes keep up with changing traffic conditions.

4. Leave Yourself An Out:  Be prepared.  Surround your vehicle with space in front and at least on one side to escape conflict.

5. Make Sure They See You:  Communicate in traffic with your horn, lights and signals to establish eye contact with motorists and pedestrians.  Be reasonably sure of people’s intentions.

Focus On Safe Driving:  

Safe driving is every truck driver’s business and that’s the theme of the annual “Drive Safely Work Week” program sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), a public-private partnership of America’s corporate and governmental leaders chaired by UPS. NETS encourages employers to promote safe driving practices that help to improve the safety and health of everyone on the road.