Be Prepared! How to Properly Handle a Semi Truck Breakdown on the Road
Truck breakdowns are something every driver wants to avoid because the situation can be both scary and dangerous. Should you ever encounter this situation, you need to know how to deal with a breakdown safely so that you and other drivers are not hurt during the process. The right information will help you get back on the road quickly and safely, so if you are a truck driver, make sure you remember the following:
This is a must because preparation is key, and doing this will help you if your truck ever breaks down. Make sure you have resources handy and if you are a company driver, make sure your dispatcher tells you exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. You need to know which numbers you should call first or if there is a specific facility you need to contact, and you need to have this information before you hit the road.
Practice Preventative Maintenance
This will help prevent breakdowns, and preventative maintenance will also allow you to take care of minor issues before any damage occurs. You will be able to spot problems early on and will have the opportunity to fix the problem before you end up stranded on the side of a road.
Try Not To Panic
This is easier said than done, but it is important that you remain calm so that you can get through the situation. Make sure you pull over to the side of the road and use the resources you have to call for help.
Turn Your Flashers On
This should be done immediately and will indicate that you’re having issues so that other drivers are aware. This will make the situation safer for you and for others on the road, so pull over to the widest spot you can and get your truck off the main road. If you pull over to the shoulder lane, you need to remain alert of your surroundings because this can be a dangerous spot. If you can get your truck to an off ramp, that would be best, although this is not always a possibility.
If you happen to have these in your truck, go ahead and use them. Get off the road, get as far away as possible and set up your flares behind your truck to give other drivers more time to notice you.
Contact The Right People
Notify your company and family that you are experiencing a truck breakdown and that you are waiting on the side of the road for assistance. Keep them informed of your status so that they are aware of the situation.
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