Staying safe

Have you ever wondered about how to protect yourself while in the bunk?  Granted, if someone is set on breaking into your truck, there’s very little you can do, but you can make your truck more difficult to get into.

First and foremost, keep your doors locked at all times. Criminals have been known to walk up and open the doors while trucks are stopped at a red light. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially in big cities, and at night. At the first signs of danger, call 911 and use the air horn to attract attention.  Criminals hate having attention directed their way.

If someone tries to get you to stop for any reason, drive to a safe location first, like the closest truck stop. Get to know what local police cars look like, and be aware that criminals will use fake police cars to pull unsuspecting vehicles over. If you’ve done nothing wrong, and you see what looks like a police car behind you with lights flashing, Google the local police and call to confirm it’s really a legitimate traffic stop.

One other method of forcing trucks to stop is to roll a garbage bin into the road. Do what you can to avoid it, but if necessary, use the truck to push it out of the way. Chances are, when they realize you’re not going to stop, they’ll scatter to avoid getting injured.

At night you can use your seatbelt to secure the door from being opened, or you can use bungee cords stretched between the door handles to prevent them from being opened.  Make certain your jockey boxes are also locked, as they can be used to gain entry. Do not open the vent at the head of the bed to admit fresh air.  Criminals could easily spray in chemicals such as ether to render you incapacitated to make it easier to rob you.

Don Taylor has been a professional driver since March 1985.  In 1994 he made the jump to driving tractor trailers, and has accumulated over 3.5 million miles, including over 4 years of driving turnpike doubles in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.  He is currently hauling flat decks across North America.