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October 10, 2020
Safe driving tips
After ensuring that the tank trailer is in good condition to transport the gas or liquid, observer the following tips for your safety:
Loading the tank
One of the most important safety measures when handling a tank trailer is following the right procedure when loading the tank. Proper loading is important is to avoid liquid surge, which is common when a tank is half filled.
The temperature of the load
Inspect all the valves before loading to ensure that there are in the right position. Otherwise, they will not function as required especially in times of emergencies. Inspect the emergency shut off systems, cut off valves, intake and discarge to ensure that they are in the right place.
Inspecting the tank trailer
It is important to inspect the tank trailer just before driving even after following the right loading procedures. Start by inspecting all around the trailer to ensure that there are no leakages.
Control the surges
We mentioned that liquid surges can cause the trailer to roll over when stepping on the brakes. Some tanks have baffles that control the forward and backwards movements of the liquid.
Keep a long stopping distance
The stopping distance is not only important in controlling liquid surges but also for the safety of other motorists on the road. Determine the safest stopping distance depending on the type of the road.
Start, reduce speed, and stop the tank trailer smoothly. The center of gravity of most tank trailers is high when loaded. Hence, the level of stability of the trailer is low. Driving smoothly especially when changing lanes or turning the trailer improve its stability.