Truck drivers put up with a lot of nonsense as they ply their trade. Cars pay them little respect, either that or they are overly cautious, which in itself can cause problems. Highway patrols are not always welcome, and events such as traffic accidents and weather can also create problems. All that aside, concentration is a far bigger risk to truck drivers, and there are periods where concentration is more likely to cause issues.
To be successful, a truck driver needs to be able to travel from A to B safely yet as quickly as possibly. Spending long hours on the road can be tiring, and the more tired you are the more you are going to lose concentration. The most dangerous periods are late in the day and late in the week, often as you are traveling towards your home. There is an interesting statistic that relates to all drivers, truck drivers included. It seems that the chances of being involved in an accident increase the closer you get to your home town. Over 50% of all accidents for those undertaking long journeys occur within a fifty mile radius of their home and occur on the return journey.
After long hours behind the wheel, it’s only natural that people will start to plan what they are going to do once they get home. For truck drivers, they may be planning their next trip as well. This all leads to a loss of concentration and the potential for an accident. Truck drivers need to learn techniques that help them to concentrate on the road ahead. Truck drivers also need to have plans in place for when an event occurs – whether it is controlled hard breaking, veering away from potential hazards, or minimizing harm when impact is inevitable.
Learning how to drive a truck is one issue – learning the rules and regulations that cover trucking is another. Learning how to handle a truck in an emergency takes time. Learning how to concentrate is something that only you can do, yet it is a skill that you will need to quickly develop – you don’t have the luxury of learning this over time.