Violations for Which Truck Drivers Can Be Pulled Over
If you drive a commercial truck for a living, you’ll likely undergo several tests to confirm your knowledge of the latest rules of the road. It’s incredibly important that you have a comprehensive understanding of the most recent driving rules regarding your truck. In this new post, our team delves into the subject as we look at traffic violations for which truck drivers can be pulled over.
Common Traffic Violations
As with any other driver using public roadways, truck drivers can be pulled over for all traffic violations, including:
- Running a stop sign
- Hit and run accidents
- Swerving in and out of traffic
- Failure to stop at a crosswalk
- Reckless driving
- Not wearing a seat belt
While car drivers can be pulled over for vehicle defects, it’s immensely important for commercial vehicle drivers to watch for signs of vehicle defects. A small issue with a vehicle could mean that you’re taken off the road by the Department of Transportation (DOT) inspection team, and your vehicle is impounded until the defect is resolved. Defects can be discovered either at weigh stations between states or while you’re traveling between stops on the road. The following are examples of defects that can cause your vehicle to be taken off the road:
- Broken lights
- Windshield cracks
- Structural cabin damage
- Fluid leaks
- Improper strapping
- Ineffective handling of oversized loads
What You Can Do to Prevent Being Pulled Over
Now that you know a little more about the reasons that truck drivers are pulled over, it’s important that you, alongside your company operator, find ways to mitigate this issue and ensure that you can complete your deliveries effectively. Take into consideration the following actions:
Work with your company in conducting pre-trip inspections on your vehicle. The truck should be inspected for obvious signs of damage to its structure as well as to ensure its components are performing optimally. You should check tire pressure levels and review the windshield for cracks as a priority.
Make sure that you are continually updating your knowledge of the road. For example, consider the latest changes to the distracted driving laws across the country. The DOT is regularly updating the laws regarding cell phone use in the vehicle, and you should know the latest regulations and how they apply to you within your vehicle. Take the opportunity to undergo regular testing to confirm your knowledge of the law.
Get Plenty of Rest
If you don’t get rest while taking long-haul trips in your truck, you’re likely to violate a number of rules of the road. Drivers who get a small amount of sleep per night drive similarly to intoxicated drivers and will experience delayed reaction times, a lack of vehicle control, and diminished decision-making capacity. Getting plenty of rest before each trip can prevent from you committing traffic violations.