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Highway roadside safety talk

Highway roadside safety talk

At some point truck drivers will experience an issue with their truck that requires them to pull onto the shoulder of the highway. This comes with apparent risks from exposure to vehicles passing by at high speed. It could take one distracted driver to change this situation to a severe injury or death.

Preparing pre-trip:

  • Ensure to get familiar with the route, any construction that may be along the path as well as locations for maintenance along the way
  • Have emergency roadside assistance numbers on hand and emergency flares or triangles readily available to notify passing cars
  • Do a thorough pre-trip inspection instead of quickly skimming the checklist

What to do if when broken down:

  • Turn on hazards, place reflective triangles or cones and open the hood to signify the vehicle is broken down
  • Try to access the issue and determine whether it can be repaired immediately or if there is a need to call for assistance
  • Try to stay in the vehicle while waiting for assistance and if not possible stay on opposite side of the roadway and as far back as possible; do not stand behind the vehicle
  • Report the issue to a manager with approximate location
  • When possible pull off on exit ramps for more room and less traffic; If possible to make it to the next rest stop do so


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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