June Is National Safety Month! 25-Year Dillon Driver, David Stone, Gives His Tips For Staying Safe Behind The Wheel.
Did you know June is National Safety month? Because truck driving is regarded as a hazardous job, hiring safe professionals at Dillon Logistics is one of our top priorities. Becoming a sound driver requires skills and concentration and always being prepared for the unexpected while on the road. One great example of a dependable driver is Dillon Logistic’s David Stone, who is celebrating his 25th Anniversary with our team as a safe driver. He shared some helpful advice for staying safe while on the road.
David believes distracted driving is a huge problem. “Most experienced drivers are safe drivers, until distracted,” he says. It can happen in a split second and is the cause behind many truck accidents. A ringing phone is a prime example of how attention can be diverted away from the road. As a result, all drivers must be disciplined behind the wheel or else risk accidents and close calls. While David has had his own share of close calls over the years, his dedication to safe driving has helped him maintain a clean driving record.
David’s Tip #1 — Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at highway speeds. Drivers must always watch out for oncoming traffic, following traffic, intersection traffic and so on.
David’s Tip #2 -- Have your trip planned ahead of time. Many unexpected events can occur on the road, but having a plan makes you prepared. Check weather forecasts, various driving routes and driving hours to make your trip as safe as possible.
David’s Tip #3 — Slow down for turns and curves. Be extra careful on winding roads or at an off-ramp. Reduce speed accordingly to adjust for lane changes and other vehicles and always be aware of the speed limit.
David’s Tip #4 — Enter your truck with a good mindset. Emotional distractions at home or work can translate to distractions on the road. A mental distraction is just as dangerous as a physical one.
Learning how to become a safe driver comes with practice and time on the road. But if you remember these tips before you get behind the wheel, you’ll put yourself en route to becoming a great driver like David. And let’s not think about being safe just for National Safety Month, but for the entire year. Stay safe out there, drivers!
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