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Checking safety equipment could reduce truck crashes

Truckers face a unique set of risks each day when they get on the road in California and drive for hundreds of miles at a time. Understanding how to mitigate these risks and work around common hazards is crucial to a truck drivers' abilities to keep themselves and other motorists safe. 

One of the most important things they can do is to monitor the condition of their truck and its safety components before leaving on any trip. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, some of the components they should check on include all of the rails and frames that surround their cargo. They should make sure that each is stable, well-secured and properly maintaining its load. They should also check on their lights and make sure that they are clean, free of debris and working effectively. Coupling devices should be assessed to make sure they are attached properly. The condition of tires, as well as the dependability of brakes should also be looked at to verify they are in proper working condition. 

Some of the causes of a majority of trucking accidents according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration include speeding, fatigue or day dreaming. Inclement weather can be another hazard that truckers face. When the weather is obstructing visibility or creating unsafe road conditions, truckers should significantly slow their speed and increase their following distance to other vehicles. As soon as they observe a safe place to pull off of the road, they should remain there until the weather improves. 

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