No one likes to be pulled over by the police, but for truck drivers especially a run in with the law will cost time, and potentially big money too.
But how do you make sure you stay off the police radar (pardon the pun), and don’t get any unwanted attention from the boys and girls in blue.
Retired police officer, Mark Abrahamson, gave us the inside word on what police are likely to be looking for…
Following too close
Everyone knows that trucks need more stopping distance and if you’re spotted traveling too close to another vehicle you’re sure to be noticed.
Make sure you use common sense and follow vehicle separation rules.
Any easy one to avoid – keep your speed in check on suburban roads, freeways and highways and don’t give the police a reason to pull you over for a chat.
Stay alert and keep your vehicle in control. A truck that is crossing out of its lane will have police officers concerned about fatigue or impairment issues.
Improperly secured loads
Police aren’t just looking at you and your truck, they also have an eye on your load and how it is secured.
Any observed deficiency in how your load is restrained could result in a traffic stop.
Mobile phone use
It’s a bad look for you and a sure way to get pulled over – holding a phone up to your ear.
Don’t forget, police can’t just see you on your phone from the front and side, chances are we can spot what you’re doing in your mirrors from behind as well.
A simple one again, but an easy way to avoid getting noticed. Make sure you do a thorough pre-trip and post-trip inspection of your trucks lights, including headlights.
Failing to obey traffic signs or signals
With your mind on the job you should be able to easily ensure that you’re following the rules and that means obeying road signs and street lights.
Make sure you leave plenty of room to stop safely at traffic lights and stay out of weight-restricted areas where your vehicle/load isn’t permitted.