4 Of The Most Dangerous Countries To Be A Trucker
Although some people aren’t aware of it, trucking can be an extremely dangerous occupation. You probably only spend a handful of hours a week driving. However, for someone who’s driving a heavy-duty vehicle as their full-time job, the dangers of the road are a lot more real. Here, we’ve listed some of the most dangerous countries to be a trucker. Hopefully it doesn’t throw your career in the air!
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First of all, Russia. As the largest country in the world, it’s no surprise that the Russian trucking industry is also pretty big! Although loads usually make it to their destination, Russia is an incredibly dangerous place to be a trucker. The Trans-Siberian highway is among the most dangerous roads in the world. It also practically runs the length of the whole of Russia, so you’re likely to join it at some point if you’re driving anywhere in the country. It goes through mountains, deserts, tundra and forest. All these climates have their different challenges, and the accident rate attests to them.
Mexico is also an exceptionally dangerous place to be a long-haul trucker. Like Russia, this is mainly due to the country’s main road; Highway 1. This massive highway gets a huge amount of traffic. As a result, long-haul drivers are often forced to take B-roads, country lanes and other shortcuts in order to make their deliveries on time. Most of it is paved, but not all of it. Many of these roads have existed for centuries, and are paved with little more than dust. Combine this, their sharp turns and an exceptionally heavy vehicle, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Next, we take a jump north to the USA. You may be surprised to see this developed superpower on the list of dangerous places to be a trucker. True, the road conditions in America are generally better than a lot of less developed countries. However, it’s still a hotspot for trucking accidents, and the home to more than one truck accident lawyer! Like Mexico, the high population means that the highways can get packed up. It’s also a hotspot for tourism in the summer, worsening this issue. Smaller settlements are also notorious for poor road lighting, which all contributes to the States’ high road accident rate.
Finally, Brazil. Although another South-American country, Brazil’s trucking dangers aren’t due to the high population of Mexico. Instead, there’s a much more sinister threat to the long-haul driver. In large cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo, truck-jackings and robberies are an incredibly prominent crime. The extreme poverty, along with a very loose government stance on illegal firearms, has made violent crimes a part of life in some areas. Furthermore, many of the roads are made with cheap materials. This leads to more potholes, broken bridges, and other major hazards.
I hope this post has taught you something about long-haul trucking you didn’t know before. Considering what these people risk, maybe it’s time we give them a little more credit. Being a long-haul driver isn’t the safest occupation, wherever you are!