Step-by-Step Vehicle Safety Tips for Truck Drivers [Infographic]

From May 22 to May 29, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles is promoting their first annual “Vehicle Safety Week,” and we want to help!

According to the DMV, the goal for Vehicle Safety Week is to draw attention to the need to make sure your vehicles are safe for the summer driving season. Simple ways to ensure your vehicle is safe is to check your fluids, tire pressure, battery life, windshield wipers, lights, etc. You can also check for information on the latest recalls that could affect your vehicle.

While the aforementioned list is important for all vehicles, there are specific safety regulations and precautions each class of vehicle can take as well. For example, there are more boxes to check off on the safety checklist for tractor trailers than there are on the average family car.

Driving tractor trailers involves both great skill and immense responsibility — for not only yourself and your truck, but for the safety of all others on the road as well.

Unfortunately, accidents involving trucks occur around 500,000 times per year in the U.S. Whether it’s poor weather conditions, a vehicle malfunction, or an animal crossing, accidents can happen spontaneously anywhere, anytime. To lower your chances of running into dangerous situations on the road, it’s imperative to do your best to stay alert and keep your vehicle in good working order.

To help, we’ve gathered these safe driving tips for truck drivers like you to keep in mind while on the road throughout the summer season (and all year).

Want to keep this safety checklist in your glove compartment? Click here for a printable version!


22 replies
  1. Bill Headley
    Bill Headley says:

    Hello Kathryn, thank you for such helpful safety tips! The infographic is very great. The safety of truck drivers not only ensures the smooth running of your business but also the safety of fellow travelers on the road. A good way to keep drivers safe is to use fleet management software that tracks their performance in real time. Choose software that calculates the number of hours a driver has driven, speed violations, harsh braking and more.

  2. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning how a truck driver needs to be responsible for his safety and driving in a way that is safe for others too. I can understand that taking the time to understand this can help you find the best training to keep the roads safe. A friend of mine was mentioning how his dad needs to take a truck driving training to keep his license, so I’m glad I found your post.

  3. tpms
    tpms says:

    Very nice infographic right there! I love how you breakdown the things need to be checked when the truck is on or off. Making sure that the tire pressure is correct is very vital also. Thanks for this!

  4. Danyell Soltys
    Danyell Soltys says:

    It’s always so sweet and also full of a lot of fun for me personally and my office colleagues to search your blog a minimum of thrice in a week to see the new guidance you have got.

  5. Newcastle Towing and Transport Tow Truck
    Newcastle Towing and Transport Tow Truck says:

    I would like to thank you for sharing such a nice article. Car needs regular maintenance to run smoothly without any kinds of issues. Driving a vehicle with abnormal components could bring the vehicle to a halt in the middle of nowhere. So, the condition of different components of the vehicle should be inspected prior to leave for a destination. By doing so, one could identify and repair mechanical issues associated with the vehicle and keeps the vehicle in working order.

  6. Levi Armstrong
    Levi Armstrong says:

    Ah, thank you for the tip to be sure that all lights and flashers are working on your truck and trailer before you get moving. When you’ve been driving enough, I feel like you get a feel for how large trucks usually are. So, if a trucker is pulling an overweight or oversize cargo, it’s all the more important to have those lights clearly visible.

    • Taylor Hamp
      Taylor Hamp says:

      Completely agree, Levi–we get into comfortable habits and forget to go through our mental check list to be sure everything is operating as it should. Always a good reminder to look at these things!

  7. Cody Richard
    Cody Richard says:

    True there are many truck accidents. It is important to follow safety procedures and I particularly liked the 17 points of truck and trailer safety. They are other factors that contribute to accidents which are fatigue and distractions that a driver should try and overcome.

  8. Franklin White
    Franklin White says:

    It’s good that tractor-trailers have more things to check off on their safety checklist. They are bigger and can even have overweight loads sometimes. I can only imagine how long the safety checklists are for overweight loads.


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