Here’s what the recent N12 truck crash can teach you about vehicle health and safety

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 27 Oct. 2014

Tags: truck driver safety, truck driver safety training, safe truck driving, truck accidents, truck safety

On the 14th of October, SA was left reeling after a truck driver lost control of his vehicle on the N12 highway near Alberton.

This accident resulted in four death, 17 casualties and what looked like a war zone on the highway were over 40 cars were damaged.

This is the third major truck accident in SA in the last two years.

As a business owner, you need to learn from the horrific N12 accident and take steps today to ensure none of your drivers ever cause a similar disaster.

Here’s what you can learn…


This is what the N12 truck crash should teach you

1. It’s vital that you regularly service your trucks. I can’t stress this enough! 
One of the most common reasons for truck accidents is worn out brakes. This was the apparent cause of the N12 crash. 
If you regularly inspect and service your trucks, you can prevent this kind of disaster. Because trucks have to drive much further distances and carry heavier loads than your car does, do this at least once every six months to ensure everything works as it should. 
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Can you answer these four health and safety questions?
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Do I have to give my staff refresher induction training every year?
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2. Training truck drivers to handle their vehicles correctly could save lives. They need to know that there are other mechanisms truck drivers should use to brake before they use their foot brakes.
Training your drivers on these mechanisms will help them prevent a situation where they lose control. 
3. Advanced driving courses will give your drivers the skills to respond quickly to situations like this. If your driver has these skills, he can react quickly to a situation, like the one that happened on the N12, and move the truck to a position where it won’t hit other cars. Give your drivers advanced driving training to make them better and safer drivers.
Learn from the N12 crash and don’t let your trucks be the reasons for another horrific truck accident.




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