Newsletter-Article-05-14-20-(1).jpgWhat makes your Spidey senses tingle?

Professional drivers see a lot of things on the road every day. An astute driver learns to spot the signs of possible trouble ahead or around them. 

Watching the road and surroundings ahead, as far as you can see, can alert you to potential hazards in your path: a herd of deer or other animals near the shoulder of the road, lost ladder lying in the road, a tread from a blown tire, a disabled vehicle on the side of the road, emergency vehicles tending to a crash, other motorists varying speeds, driving erratically or weaving from side to side.

You can also learn to spot impatient drivers in your mirrors and adjust your speed to allow them to pass you. When you notice someone behind you that is obviously driving distracted, you can ease closer to the solid line and be prepared to use the shoulder if they swerve into your lane, as they try to pass. If they are tailgating you, you can slow down to force them to pass.

Drivers are always trying to get to their destination, but a professional driver knows that he or she does not have to be in front of everyone else on the road. Remember, the tortoise and the hare? You don’t have to be fast or aggressive to be first as a professional driver. Safety wins the race.

If you pay close attention to your surroundings, you will begin to pick up on the signs around you that something may happen. When your antenna starts to quiver or your spidey senses start to tingle, look, listen, and live to drive another day.

Keep a safe distance from other vehicles and move over for emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the road.

Professional truck drivers were the original ones using a form of social distance to be safe on the road, it is still a good practice today. 

What makes your Spidey senses tingle?

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Greg Huggins

Greg has been in the trucking industry since the late 1980s. After spending 25+ years as an owner operator with United Van Lines, he leased to Landstar Express America in 2014. Greg is always trying to learn something new and share what he has learned with others.

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