Fatal Thursdays. It sounds like the title of a horror film. In many
ways, it is a nightmare scenario on our roadways that re-occurs week
after week. In the trucking industry, Thursdays are one of the deadliest
days of the week for new and experienced drivers of 18-wheelers.
this startling statistic been brought to light to scare new prospects
from the trucking industry and to give drivers a bad reputation? On the
contrary, as truck drivers, you deserve to know all the information
that’s available to keep you safer and alive while on the road.
The biggest crash factors
you’re starting out in the industry or have been behind the wheel for
decades, the road can be a fascinating and challenging place to work.
More often than not, when sharing the highway with other motorists, you
may have a “now I’ve seen everything” moment. Some motorists are
terrible drivers and are hazardous to everyone on the road.
driver, you may have made (or will make) a few mistakes of your own.
Driver errors are a leading contributor to crashes, but can be avoided.
Ditching bad habits like tailgating or driving too fast can save your
You’ve learned everything you need to know how to drive
safely, use that knowledge each and every time you get behind the wheel
of your rig. Taking time to follow all protocol from your company and
paying extra attention in an unfamiliar area will not only keep you
safer but will allow you to keep your job and commercial license.
to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, truck accidents are more
likely to occur during the week, rather than the weekends, because more
trucks are hauling freight. While some truckers are behind the wheel on
the weekends, crashes that occur on a Friday or Saturday typically
involve standard auto drivers who are distracted or intoxicated.
on a steady income and a clean driving record, truckers rarely take the
risk of driving while intoxicated. So why Fatal Thursdays? For the
typical Monday through Friday truck driver, there’s a greater risk of
feeling fatigued, and the ability to stay alert or react quickly are
Fighting off fatigue
fatigue can be tricky sometimes but as a trucker, it’s essential that
you know how to combat nodding off behind the wheel, regardless of the
day of the week. Sitting long hours on the road can make you feel like
you’re on auto-pilot. Recognizing the signs of fatigue are the first
step in avoiding a preventable, fatal accident.
Yes, deadlines are
important but stop pushing yourself. If you need to take a small break,
take one. Drink water, do some stretches, close your eyes at a rest
stop for 20 minutes. Self-care is essential if you plan on making
trucking a lifelong career.
Don’tignore mechanical problems
addition to driver errors and drowsiness, mechanical errors also play a
big role in crashes involving a truck. Even though you may not be a
mechanic, you need to understand the basics of your truck. Your rig is a
hardworking machine and puts on many miles and hours a week so it’s
only natural that the tires and brakes will wear down.
for a company that values your safety and will take the time to examine
and fix your truck. If something doesn’t sound or feel right while
you’re behind the wheel, you’re putting your life and many others at
Where are roads the deadliest?
Thursdays are the deadliest, where are the deadliest roads, and can they
be avoided? More than half of fatal accidents involving a truck occur
on major roads other than interstates or highways and about one-third
occur on interstates and freeways.
Unfortunately, as a trucker,
it’s difficult to avoid either type of road. Minimal maintenance and
rural roads are never a good idea (and should be avoided as much as
possible). They can slow down your time and may put you at greater risk
for getting lost or having a hard time maneuvering your large truck.
Indiana, the most numerous crashes from 2011-15 occurred in and around
the Indianapolis area. Within this region, 57 trucking accidents
occurred, with a total of 59 fatalities.
Fatal Thursdays don’t
have to continue to affect the trucking community. By improving company
rules that focus on the safety of the drivers and improving training and
continued education, this dismal day can become a thing of the past.
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