As a trucker, one of your greatest responsibilities is driving your vehicle safely. One of the best ways to ensure safe driving is to practice driving defensively. One way to do this is to always look ahead. Often, drivers will fall into the habit of “tunneling in” on the car in front of them, but this prohibits you from seeing emerging traffic patterns, such as an accident, in the distance. By looking ahead, you are able to preclude the need to make any sudden stops.
Another way to drive safely is to stay out of the left lane on two lane highways. This is extremely important! The left lane is for passing ONLY, and if you travel in the left lane, you pose a number of safety risks, as well as annoying everyone on the road. Cars will almost definitely try to pass you in the right lane (because you simply cannot drive as quickly as most cars), and this is dangerous to both of you since they will probably be traveling in your blind spot. Additionally, “camping out” in the left lane causes extreme traffic buildups behind you, and it’s just plain disrespectful to other drivers. So if you need to pass a car in the left lane, do so quickly (Yes, that means you might have to let off cruise control), and exit the lane promptly. These tips can help your trucking career remain safe for you and other drivers.
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