This year, the CVSA is having Operation Safe Driver Week from July 11-17. During Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement will be keeping a watchful eye for any risky driving behavior from truckers.

2021’s Operation Safe Driver Week is focused on speeding. That’s because speed-related fatalities and accidents are up, despite an overall decrease in traffic from the pandemic.

However, speeding isn’t the only thing that law enforcement will be on the lookout for. Continue reading below to find out seven tips to help you avoid a costly citation or a warning during Operation Safe Driver Week.

7. Don’t Be Provoked

Spending long hours on the road can cause truckers to drive more aggressively. However, you’ll want to avoid provoking any other drivers on the road who might make rash decisions.

On the flip side, you’ve probably run into a fair share of drivers on the road trying to provoke you. The best thing to do is continue driving safely and don’t be baited into driving unsafely.

6. Don’t Tailgate

Tailgating is a problem that many truck drivers face. However, tailgating reduces your view of the road ahead and decreases reaction time.

To drive safely during Operation Safe Driver Week, keep a good distance between your vehicle and the one ahead.

5. Change Lanes Properly

As a trucker, you’re probably more than aware of the difficulty of changing lanes and passing. Doing a proper lane change safely is key to the safety of you and those around you.

After all, improper lane changes are one of the leading causes of accidents and one of the worst violations a trucker can have. Make sure to always be aware of your surroundings and never drive when fatigued.

4. Keep Your Phone Out of Reach

We know that it’s tempting to pick up the phone and send a quick text. However, a split second of distracted driving can cause a tragic accident.

Unfortunately, distracting driving from digital devices is a significant cause of accidents. That’s why law enforcement will be especially on the lookout for truckers on their phones.

Avoid any unnecessary violations and accidents by keeping your phone away until you’re parked.

3. Obey All Traffic Signs

One of the most common citations for commercial motor vehicle drivers is a failure to obey a traffic control device. That means running a red light, stop sign, or making a turn when it’s not allowed.

Sometimes we can make honest mistakes by rolling through a stop sign or not seeing a ‘no right turn’ sign. However, you’ll want to stay extra vigilant during Operation Safe Driver Week.

2. Buckle Up

This one may sound obvious, but unfortunately, it’s the second most common violation truck drivers make. All you need to do is remember to put on your seat belt before you hit the road—easy as that.

1. Don’t Speed

Since the focus of this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is speeding, then you’ll want to avoid it. That means you’ll want to follow all speed signs and allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

On top of that, you’ll want to keep your speed under control during bad weather. That’s because many speeding citations are given for driving too fast for the conditions.

If the weather is bad, it’s better to be on the safe side and drive a little slower.

Keep the Roads Safe

Remember that the CVSA isn’t out to get you. The purpose of Operation Safe Driver week is to collect data and keep the roads safe for everybody.

These operations are a way to make truckers aware of risky driving that can easily lead to accidents. As long as you follow these seven tips, you’ll keep from getting a fine or any points added to your CDL.

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