ATA suggests truck driver security steps
Mar 1, 2002 12:00 PM
Since the trucking industry is a potential target for terrorists and cargo thieves, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) offers these suggestions for truck drivers to avoid being victimized while on the road:
Have proper photo identification and shipping documents. Be prepared to be stopped often by law enforcement officials.
Maintain regular communications with your dispatcher.
Report any suspicious activities to the local police — if an emergency, contact 911.
Vary your route when possible. Park in areas where other truckers are present.
Do not stop on dark roadways or in deserted areas while waiting to make deliveries.
Use reputable truck stops along your route.
If possible, drive in tandem.
When possible, go directly to your delivery point without making any stops.
Don't take your load home or park in an unsecured area such as a parking lot or mall.
Be aware of vehicles that are following your truck and of strangers asking you questions.
Be suspicious of individuals asking you to stop as a result of an alleged traffic accident. If unsure whether an accident has occurred, drive to a police station or to a well-lit busy location before stopping.
Always lock your tractor doors and make sure all trailer and container doors are secured with a heavy-duty padlock.
Keep your tractor windows rolled up.
Don't talk about your load on the CB radio.
Don't pick up hitchhikers.
Remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
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