Car accidents in Texas can be devastating, but this is worse when it involves a big rig or commercial trucks. Often, trucking accidents are devastating, particularly when involving a passenger vehicle. Here is what you need to know about keeping the road safe.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explains that Truckers should remain defensive at all times. While all drivers should remain alert in case of any unexpected road conditions or unsafe motorists, it is especially crucial for a trucker to maintain alertness because of the sheer size of commercial vehicles.

You should always look at least a quarter mile ahead at all times or at least two blocks if you are in a city. This will give you ample time to respond to any work zones, traffic problems or other issues. It is important to check your mirrors often in case vehicles unknowingly enter your blind spot.

As a trucker, you have regulations to follow. In addition, you should trust your instincts. If you are ill or if you feel tired, you should not be on the road. If you have taken any over the counter medication that causes drowsiness, you should consider stopping until you are capable of staying alert.

Maintenance is another way that you can keep the roads safe. Ensure that your tires and brakes work properly and that you have a balanced load. Unbalanced loads are a major cause of rollover accidents and if any cargo falls from the truck, it can lead to accidents on the freeway.

The above article is meant to inform on trucker safety. It is not legal advice.