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DON'T BE THAT DRIVER: CLEAN AND CHECK YOUR TRUCK BEFORE LEAVING A SITE

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Trucks are the hardy workhorse of the transport industry. Weighing tonnes and able to carry just as much again over short and long distances, there is almost no terrain they cannot conquer.

Not only are big rigs able to carry and handle large loads, their larger-than-normal tyres and mudflaps have the ability to conceal dirt, rocks and varying types of construction site debris behind them and in between the tread.

Tyres and mudflaps are not the only places where dirt and debris can become lodged on a truck, there can be quite a lot found on the undercarriage. Depending on how long the truck takes to unload, the mud and other debris may have had a chance to settle, making it look quite firm as though it isn’t going anywhere. Some may even blend in with other dirt and mud that has accumulated on the truck.

But it is not until the vehicle leaves the site and on its way down the road that things start to come loose, and no matter the speed of the vehicle, this can be quite dangerous.

Flung mud and rocks can do untold damage to other vehicles. From minor damage like scratch marks to bigger concerns like cracked windscreens and windows, broken lights or bumper bars. Yet what many can fail to remember or think of is debris can cause accidents, especially when other motorists try to avoid the debris coming at them.

A flung rock, falling clump of mud or a piece of dislodged construction debris may make vehicles following you swerve to avoid it, putting them in the path of an oncoming vehicle, or result them in hitting another vehicle travelling in lanes either side of them.

Aside from the safety risks involved, there are also laws to consider regarding safe transportation. While laws regarding covering loads are quite well known, laws regarding debris can vary from state-to-state, and not just whether you are responsible, but also if the driver or the company is responsible.

This is why it is worthwhile taking a few moments to double check your trailer, and remove as much debris as you possibly can before leaving a site. Most sites will have areas set aside for this very reason, where high pressure hoses and other equipment can be found to clean away debris.

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