SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN TRANSPORTING HAZARDOUS ITEMS. A truck driver that transports hazardous materials is required to follow a different rules compared to drivers who are transporting the general freight. This driver have to follow some rules and regulations that have been created by the ministry of transport. It is the responsibility of the department to make sure that all the rules are followed as a way of ensuring that people have been kept safe. The following are some of the things you should know about the transportation of hazardous materials. It is the responsibility of the shipper to prepare for the transportation of hazardous material. They take the responsibility of labeling, packaging and preparing the materials for transportation with the appropriate shipping papers. Before the track starts moving after the hazardous materials are packed, there are a few things that the driver should consider. It is your responsibility as the driver to follow the rules and regulations of the of the ministry of transportation to the letter. When transporting the hazardous materials make sure that you check if you are required to carry a certain permit when travelling to a certain route. It is also important to note that transporting hazardous materials and high combustible materials may fall into different categories and they will follow different rules and regulations. It is important to note the routes that do not allow the transportation of hazardous materials. As a driver, you should identify the classification of the load on the shipping papers. This will be able to help you display the proper placards on your truck or the trailer you are using to transport hazardous goods. The last thing you should do before starting your journey of transporting hazardous materials is making sure that all the tires of the car are inspected. The driver transporting the hazardous materials should make sure that they are complying with DOT rules all the time. When you are transporting hazardous materials you will require different protocols.Class A and B of the hazardous materials require strict protocols. When transporting the hazardous materials it is important for the driver to make a stop after every 300 miles. If you find out that you have a hot tire you should replace it immediately. It is important that you look at the nozzle anytime the when you are refueling the tank of the truck. In the case there is firing ahead, they should avoid driving towards the fire and the driver should not pack 300 feet closer to the fire. The driver transporting the hazardous materials should be on guard all the times. The driver should make sure that there is no one smoking near the hazardous materials.