Driving a truck for a job isn’t easy, we know. The experience is definitely made harder when your truck starts acting up – on the road and on the stops. As hardworking individuals, we know that you do all that is necessary to keep your truck in proper shape when on the road. However, you’ll be shocked to know that this is not enough! Yes, caring for your truck, its maintenance and upkeep so that it performs the best on the road isn’t the only part of keeping your truck safe.
It is true when they say that safety keeps going even after your truck stops. For instance; let’s assume a situation wherein you’ve parked your truck and are going about your day, all fine and dandy. Suddenly, you get a phone call saying that a moving vehicle hit your truck. Yes, it can happen! Now you have an added financial burden to pay off. At Paradiso insurance, we want you to observe maximum precaution where your trucks are concerned so that you can minimize any and all types of damages.
Here is how you can do it.
Adjusting your mirrors
Whenever you’re not in your truck, driving, make sure that your side mirrors are closed. This is one of the easiest damages that you can encounter with your truck. Any moving vehicle can hit it and leave you without mirror-sight. Whenever your truck is in park or stopped at a station, close your side mirrors.
You need to be extra vigilant when parking on narrow roads and alley-ways. When doing so, always pull out of the lane of traffic as far as you possibly can and put on your four-way hazard flashers. Similarly, when you get back in your truck, don’t start driving right away. Rather, we advise you to look around and check for obstacles and then exit the best way you can.
Trucks are big, no cap, and can greatly hinder your vision. Thus, you should always look out for pedestrians and fixed objects. While parking, it is important to have some foresight. Always plan out where you’ll be parking your truck and how you’ll be existing it.
Always try to make backing your truck a last resort and check your tail swing on the side of the vehicle which is closest to the pavement. Moreover, if you’re getting a job/ delivery done in a new location, it is always best to call ahead and ask for specific directions.
A lot can go wrong while driving a huge truck. We don’t want that! That is why we advise that you get insurance – if you haven’t already. This will save you a lot of trouble in the future. Plus, for most jobs, it is a pre-requisite. At Paradiso insurance, we understand that each customer has specific needs and our policies are made to fit your specifications. Our Fedex parcel delivery insurance and commercial auto-insurance covers more grounds than any other firm out there.
Accidents can occur whenever and wherever cannot be denied and it is highly recommended that you get insurance for your commercial truck/ vehicle. Insurance not only covers the damages caused during accidents, but also gives you a peace of mind whole you’re out there working.