Breakdowns are an inevitable part of a truck driver’s life. No matter how advanced our trucking technology becomes, every driver is sure to be affected by mechanical failures at some point. In some cases, minor issues can be assessed at the next exit, or even at the next major truck stop. However, urgent situations often require the driver to pull off onto the shoulder of the highway. It isn’t ideal, but sometimes it’s the only option. This exposes the driver to certain hazards that are not to be taken lightly. In order to minimize risks, certain precautions should always be taken on the side of the road.
Try to Get to an Off Ramp
If you are beginning to feel the signs of mechanical failure, get to an off ramp if there is one in striking distance. They aren’t as safe as a parking lot, but they are better than the side of the main expressway thanks to lower speeds and fewer vehicles.
Stay in the Truck Whenever Possible
The more time you spend outside, the more you are exposing yourself to cars and other trucks traveling well above 50 MPH. If the mechanical failure doesn’t involve smoke or fire, it is best to remain inside your cabin as much as possible.
Use All Available Emergency Signaling
Your flashers should be on even before you begin to pull over to the shoulder, and they should remain on until you’ve received roadside assistance. Set up triangles or flares as quickly as possible and tilt up your hood to let passersby know that you are broken down.
This is no time to sit back and relax, but you also don’t need to panic. Using your eyes and your mirrors, pay attention to the traffic around you and the weather conditions. Even if roadside assistance is only a few minutes away, it is important to be aware of your surroundings.
At Zip Xpress, we understand that safety is top priority for every driver on the road. It is the goal of every carrier to bring their drivers home safe and sound. That’s why we have set procedures for every driver in case they need assistance while also keeping regular maintenance schedules to ensure our vehicles are working properly for every delivery. Keeping our drivers safe is one of the most important values we have here at Zip Xpress, because we know that they’re the ones who will get your freight to you undamaged and on time. To see for yourself, start today with Zip Xpress!