Commercial truck drivers in Connecticut and across the U.S. are aware that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration currently regulates service hours around a 14-hour daily clock. The agency requires all truck drivers to take a 30-minute break within the first eight hours and does not allow the 14-hour clock to stop.
Overloaded trucks can pose a serious safety hazard for people on Connecticut roadways. Every year, overloaded trucks are a major cause of trucking accidents that cause harm and injuries to truck drivers as well as others on the road. This is because the addition of an unbalanced or overweight load increases the chance that the driver will lose control of the truck and be unable to stop it from crashing. Excessive loads can also be more likely to shift during operation, leading to improper distribution and an increased risk of rollover during lane changes or sharp turns.
On the roads of Connecticut, drivers will find themselves on occasion near an 18-wheeler. Cars can be as much of an inconvenience to truckers as the other way around, so drivers should give truckers space when passing, let them turn into their lane without speeding up, and stay away from them when they make their wide turns.
Connecticut truck drivers may be interested in learning about a federal proposal that could force them to live closer to their jobs. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration wants to study the commuting habits of commercial truck drivers as it is worried about excessive commuting by truckers. The agency defines excessive commuting as more than 150 minutes of drive time between home and work.