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Published On: Tue, Dec 4th, 2018

Magnifying the Truth: 6 Biggest Truck Driving Safety Myths That Are Still Being Perpetuated Today

With over 15.5 million trucks operating on the roads of the US every single year, it’s no wonder that so many people are worried about the safety impact this has on our road networks. However, while so many people have fears over these multi-ton missiles, this has also been the spark of many rumors.

Today, we’re going to explore six of these truck driver-related myths, helping you to gain a greater understanding of these lone wolf drivers that keep the world supplied and ticking.

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#1 – Get Trucks OFF the Road!

So many people would be happy to see trucks off the road, whether that’s because of safety concerns, or they’re stuck behind one traveling slowly when they have places to be.

However, without trucks, hospitals would quickly run out medical supplies, stores would empty of food, and the nation would crash. As RiceLawMD.com suggests; truck drivers are essential for the modern lifestyle we all live.

#2 – Truck Drivers are Selfish

This, again, simply isn’t the case. If there’s an accident or incident in the road, it’s far more likely that a truck driver is going to stop and pull over to ensure everyone is okay.

#3 – All Truck Drivers Are Men

This is simply a lie and comes from typical Hollywood stereotypes and goes along with how truck drivers are portrayed in movies. The truth of the matter is that the US alone has over 200,000 female truck drivers.

If you want to become a truck driver, you need to be able to drive, fit, healthy and capable, and that’s it! It doesn’t matter what gender you are!

#4 – Trucks are Dangerous

According to the latest US statistics, a typical, normal road vehicle is three times more likely to get into an accident than a truck driver, making it a strange misconception that trucks are dangerous.

#5 – Truck Drivers are Drunk Drug Addicts

Again, another movie stereotype that isn’t true. Truck drivers can’t operate vehicles with marks on their records and have to take regular tests to ensure they are within legal boundaries when operating a truck.

In most cases, they’ll be far less likely to get drunk or take drugs because they are at work and rely on their income to live.

#6 – Truck Drivers Are Dirty

When many people think of truck drivers, they think of messy and grubby men who live in cabs full of rubbish and trash. However, this is a common misconception, and most truck drivers pride themselves on keeping their cabs in a professional and immaculate condition that anyone would be proud of!

Don’t believe it? Take yourself down to a truck show and see for yourself just how amazing these cabs can be!

Summary

As you can see, there are plenty of misconceptions out there on what truck drivers are like and the safety surrounding their lifestyle and how they drive.

However, many of these are simply false or based off simple stereotypes which are no longer relevant. It’s also so clear that truck drivers are usually much safer! How about that?

Author: Laura Brown

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