After a long day of driving to make pickups and deliveries, planning routes over congested roads, and determining hours available yet to drive, you have finally found a safe place to park the rig for the night—or at least you thought so. Unfortunately, most fender benders to CMVs occur while at shipping docks, truck stops, and similar locations. Also, a significant percentage of CMV crashes occur while a driver is backing up or by being backed into.
Due to greater congestion, larger CMVs, and newer drivers still learning, professional CMV drivers of today must exercise more diligence in safeguarding their equipment and driving record than in the past. It only takes looking at the overflowing truck stops, rest areas, and on-ramps to realize drivers have to be more on guard than ever.
The cost of these crashes not only affects a motor carrier’s ability to remain competitive with other transportation companies, but also impacts insurance. When these minor crashes are reported on a motor carrier’s CSA scores and a driver’s MVR, insurance company underwriters want to know what is happening and how it is being managed to prevent reoccurrence.
The following 10 points discuss some solutions that may help your company address these hazards.