Driving any kind of heavy equipment needs good amount of carefulness. One needs to be highly experienced in operating heavy equipment if he wants to do it in the best possible way. Be it a dozer or an excavator or just a water truck, it requires high competency on the part of the driver in order to make sure that he is doing his job the right way. One has to be extremely careful in analyzing the situation on ground and need to wear all the safety accessories to ensure that he does not hurt himself or the people around the machine. If we talk about a water truck, it is used primarily in construction and mining sites to control dust. It is not so difficult to operate a water truck as it could be for operating any other type of heavy equipment but the operator has to be extra cautious while he is on it.
A water truck can also be used in case of fire. One can use the spray nozzles to spray water and extinguish the fire. So when the driver is in the process of such perilous tasks, he needs to be very careful about his safety and the people who are on the truck assisting to put off the fire. We would be discussing in brief how can should operate a water truck.
Make proper use of gears and steering:-
A water truck is almost same like any other truck used for transportation purpose. It has similar features as what is available in a normal truck. It is just that the water truck contains water inside it and it needs a spray nozzle to spray out the water. What is rather important to note is that the operator should make good use of the gears and should steer the truck correctly. The truck will not be moving at a high speed while it is pumping water out. So it has to maintain a constant speed keeping the gears consistent and got to pay heed to the steering that helps to keep the wheels in the right direction.
Do not speed up the truck unless it is absolutely necessary:-
While you are settling the dust in a construction or a mining site, you just can’t increase the speed of the truck. You have to keep a considerable pace and must ensure that you do not move fast or else the one who is spraying the water will have a hard time to cover the entire area. Other than this, if you are working on a rugged terrain, it will be just not possible for you to drive the truck at a high speed. You have to maintain the speed and keep it to a point from where you do not lose its control. Anything short of it will have serious repercussions.
Go through the user manual if you are new to it:-
A user manual is always helpful in situations where you will be driving a brand new truck. Any new truck will give you some kind of comfort issues which can be tackled by going through the user manual.