Truckers’ Self-Defense: How to protect yourself on the road

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Written by Mike Skliar

Truck driving is one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States. Not only because of the risks of road accidents and night driving. Truckers haul high-value loads and often have to spend the night in unfamiliar and dangerous places, because it is not always possible to find safe parking spaces. Particularly dangerous are considered routes like Chicago and Detroit. But most trucking companies prohibit firearms outright. So how can truckers protect themselves?

Why do freight companies prohibit drivers from carrying firearms?

First of all, because of the insurance. It’s coverage may be higher for firearm damage and potential accidents. Another reason is the need to train drivers in safety rules. Despite this, a lot of truckers carry concealed weapons in their big rigs. Of course they have permits from their state. But problems may arise in other states along the route that are not covered by these permits. You can check the states that honor your permit here.

In order to change this situation, a bill called “Mike’s Law” was developed by James Lamb. It was named for Michael Boeglin, an owner-operator who was shot in 2014. This bill would allow truck drivers to carry their firearms throughout the US. But the National Rifle Association (NRA) did not support this idea. Thereafter, Lamb drew up it to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) that was predicated on Article IV, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. But H.R. 38 didn’t sail through the Senate.

Other Self-Defense Weapons for Drivers

Of course, you don’t have to have a firearm for self-defense. Many truckers carry with them baseball bats, tire irons, long metal rod types, wire cutters, hammers, large flashlights, wasp and pepper sprays, screwdrivers and padlocks, or even tasers that are legal in 45 states. Just remember, that it can be a fine line between defense and offense, so be careful.

Plan your road trip

Rest areas can be especially insecure at night. But with careful planning, it is possible to reduce this danger. Think over your route, find places in advance where you can park safely. Of course, there is a big problem with the number of parking spaces. But you can use truckers’ apps and reserve your spot. Try to avoid getting out of the truck in rest areas at night, especially beware walking between trailers. Always check if the truck doors are closed and keep the curtains over your windows shut at all times. Do everything in your power to avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations.


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Author Mike Skliar

As the truck driver recruiting agency's CEO, I deeply understand the unique challenges and demands truck drivers face.

Drawing from my extensive work experience, I bring knowledge in truck driver recruitment, logistics, and transportation management. I possess a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, safety standards, and best practices, ensuring that the agency adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and compliance.

Now, looking back and remembering my path from the very beginning, it seems to me that this story is a lifetime. During all these years of development and growth of our agency, I took part in no less interesting projects in which my experience, knowledge and vision were needed. And I was also able to gain new skills, contacts and experience by participating in the development of these projects from various fields, such as cargo transportation, trucking companies, e-commerce, parcel delivery and much more! But the best is yet to come!

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