As you train to become a professional driver, a large portion of your education should focus on road signs and warnings. Most new truckers assume that because they have been driving a car for the better part of their lives that they know everything there is to know about the rules of the road. However, rules and regulations for trucks and heavy loads can often be drastically different from simple traffic laws. The following tips highlight the most important notes on road signs and warnings for new truckers.
GPS. Professional drivers can attest to the fact that blinding following a GPS or other navigational device can often cause problems for you on the road. Remember to keep your head up on the road and pay attention to signs that apply specifically to your vehicle. This is not only true for professional truck drivers, but for everyday drivers as well.
Bridges. Load limits catch many new truck drivers off guard while out on a job. You may be required to change your course or directions based on the height or weight of your truck. Always keep in mind the dimensions of your vehicle so you can choose the appropriate routes to avoid bridges made for small cars.
Detours. Construction and other road blockages can often derail any standard trucking expedition. Be sure to check your routes before and during your travels, to ensure that you are prepared to take detours when necessary. Detours for trucks are often different from regular traffic, so be mindful of the place you can and cannot take your vehicle.
Off ramps. Sometimes you will come across a city or exit that requires you to take a separate off ramp from the rest of the vehicles on the road. During these occasions, make sure you are paying attention to all the road signs and warnings related to your departure. This could include your speed, size and weight.
If you have questions or wish to receive advice on road signs and warnings, contact Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance today.