Truck Drivers Working Too Many Hours

We all see trucks on the roads and highways throughout Tennessee. In most cases, we assume the drivers are professionals who are well trained and careful not to put others’ lives at risk. And in most cases, we’re right to make those assumptions.

However, we don’t know who’s behind the wheel of a given truck, we don’t know what they’re like or what their last few days have been like. Most importantly, we don’t know how long they have been behind the wheel.

Hours of Service

There are strict rules and regulations governing the trucking industry, and one of the most important aspects of the industry’s safety rules involves of hours of service. Everyone knows that driving for too many hours in a row decreases a driver’s ability to concentrate and increases the risk of serious accidents.

In fact, hours-of-service violations are the focus of this year’s annual International Roadcheck conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), according to Overdrive Online. The CVA conducts an International Roadcheck every year to increase awareness and oversight regarding the safety of the trucking industry.

Individual truck drivers and their trucking companies need to take extra care to make sure drivers are not putting out too many hours. This is more important than just passing a road check from a governing agency; this is about preventing serious accidents and saving lives.

The hope is that trucking companies wills top pushing drivers to take on long hours on the road and will stop looking the other way when this happens in order to increase their bottom line. The hope is also that truck drivers will stop complying with the pressure to drive too many hours at a time.

Until hours-of-service these rules are properly and consistently applies and enforced, everyone on the road will continue to be placed in danger.

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