Nearly 500, 000 trailer and truck accidents occur each year in the US alone. Of these, a record of 5,000 accidents result in loss of lives, where one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision.
To reduce the number of large truck fatality crashes, your shipping company should employ safety procedures while strictly following traffic regulations, which vary in different countries.
Truck safety requires proper unit maintenance.
Get a professional inspection team to conduct regular monitoring and maintenance for your trailer units. Make sure to include in the inspection the checking of tire pressure, brake and other fluids, and the condition of spare parts, such as trailer mud guards and hooks. You can also ask your inspectors to check if signal lights are working properly.
Experts like A1 Trailer Parts suggest regularly replacing your trailer accessories, especially those beneath your vehicle which mostly experience extreme conditions.
Familiarise your drivers with their specific vehicles and the truck load.
It is important to acquaint your drivers before allowing them to operate the vehicle. Make sure they have enough knowledge and skills in manoeuvring the unit, even during extreme weather conditions. This can help you ensure the safety of your products and continue with the shipping transactions. Be sure to hire drivers with a valid license to operate a truck and trailer, and enough training for transporting loads.
Before they take to the road, familiarise your drivers and transporter officers with the characteristics of their truck load. They should know how to manage moving a variety of goods and products, including livestock, liquids and boats.
Don’t tolerate bad practices.
Many companies suffer the consequences of bad practices, such as overloading. This results in a number of road accidents, fatalities and an increasing number of court cases. This may also lead to cancellation of business permits and other licenses.
Make sure to load your trailer properly. Place about 60% of the load on the front portion and put the rest on the tail. This is to avoid too much weight, which may cause the hitch to drag the front of the vehicle. With an overloaded trailer, your driver’s steering control may be compromised.
Before any moving project, check the weight capabilities of your trailers. Stop putting up with bad practices that may lead to accidents and casualties. Don’t allow a couple of errors to sabotage your business and end up with a pile of lawsuits.