In order to keep your truck drivers from getting flustered in an emergency situation, it’s essential to prepare your truck drivers for a vehicle failure so they know what to do when their truck breaks down.
Although there’s only so much you can do to prepare for a vehicle failure since each situation is unique, there are a few best practices to keep in mind and follow in case of a vehicle failure.
Here are three tips on how to best prepare your truck drivers for a vehicle failure:
- Offer training on standard emergency protocol. First and foremost, it’s important to have standard emergency protocol in place and that all of your truck drivers are trained to know what to do when in case of vehicle failure. This might be taking 15 minutes to inspect underneath their trucks, the truck’s engine, etc. to assess the reason for vehicle failure before taking further action.
- If your brakes are what’s causing the vehicle failure, be sure to downshift right away. Brake failure is a common cause of a breakdown, and when your truck drivers experience brake failure, the critical thing to remember is to downshift! By putting the truck in a lower gear, your truck will slow down, which allows you to apply the emergency brake and pull over.
- Instruct your truck drivers who to call when their trucks fail. Whether you have an automotive agreement with AAA or a partnership with a towing company like Tow Pro, make sure your truck drivers know who to call when unfortunate truck trouble comes their way.
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