Every truck driver has a pattern to the way he or she drives. These patterns, or habits, can be good or bad, or more precisely, safe or unsafe.

A driver who integrates safety into all of his or her driving decisions, regardless of the environment, has established a pattern of behaviour that reduces the risk of a crash.

On the flipside, pattern driving refers to practicing unsafe behaviours, such as speeding and tailgating. Pattern driving also can occur when a driver gets too comfortable with his or her route or routines and lets his or her guard down.

This type of pattern driving is common when drivers run dedicated routes to the same customers day after day and become complacent. In this case, complacency becomes a distraction, and the driver loses focus of his or her surroundings and the potential hazards that could lead to a crash.

Read the list of driving patterns below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills.