Truckers in emergency situations
Truckers are on the road at all times of the day, in all conditions. They know that the first step in a safe journey is paying complete attention to their surroundings. What should truckers do when they spot an emergency? Here is advice for fleet managers to share with their drivers.
Step 1: Take care of yourself first.
Don’t become part of the emergency. If you come across a crash in the road that is blocking lanes, stop the truck 50 to 75 feet back, turn on flashers, and place reflective triangles. If you step out of your cab to check if assistance is needed, be very aware of traffic as you get out of your vehicle. Continue to keep an eye on traffic approaching from the rear. Have an escape route in mind.
Step 2: Call 911.
Depending on the situation, the information a 911 operator and law enforcement need will vary, but it always begins with a good location, an exit number or the name of the street nearby, and a mile marker. If you must continue down the road, make note of the next exit and estimate a distance back to the incident.
Step 3: Call your dispatch.
Your company will need to know where you are and why you may be delayed. More urgently, your carrier may have people or resources available to help. When law enforcement arrives, they will want to know whether others are also on the way to assist.
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