Take It Slow

Drivers in a hurry may be tempted to hop down from the cab to make a quicker exit, but doing so could be a big mistake. Depending on the height of the jump, the impact could cause spine and joint injuries. Ankles, knees and lower back must absorb the jump, contributing to musculoskeletal damage.

According to experts, jumping just from the bottom step of the truck increases the impact upon landing to 1 ½ times the driver’s body weight. Jumping from the highest of the cab can increase the impact by up to 7 times a driver’s body weight.

Even though a quick jump may seem harmless, it’s best to think twice. In the long run, the small amount of extra time it takes drivers to climb down safely could save bigger headaches.