It’s hard to believe it’s almost that time of year again, but the holidays are quickly approaching. Are you familiar with helpful truck driver tips for holiday driving?
You have a lot on your plate: the bad weather this time of year, holiday drivers are in a frenzied hurry, and a 23 percent increase in travel during the holidays makes the roads more congested. These combined factors result in an average of 400 car accident fatalities on Christmas Day every year according to Big City Driver.
Not to mention the shopping rush; it adds to the pressure of making your deliveries on time so retail store shelves remain stocked. To make sure you get to your destination on time and in one piece this holiday season, follow these top truck driver tips.
- Conduct a thorough vehicle inspection: Before you head out on your long haul, inspect the windshield wipers, check the tire pressure, top off your fluids, change the oil if needed, and have your radiator and cooling system serviced.
- Put together an emergency kit: If the weather gets so bad that you need to pull over, you want to be prepared. Stock your cab with a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, fire extinguisher, bottled water, basic first aid kit, shovel, flares, jumper cables and chains.
- Remain alert: Distracted, stressed drivers may make sudden lane changes around you when they realize they’re about to miss their exit. Be aware of drivers like this. Also, be extra cautious if you notice someone enter your blind spot.
- Plan alternate routes if necessary: Research weather forecasts and plan your routes accordingly. You could end up saving time even on a fairly out-of-the-way route if you avoid the need to stop during inclement weather.
- Never drive distracted or fatigued: Put the cell phone away. If you must speak with someone, use a hands-free unit. If you become tired, don’t hesitate to pull over and rest. Winter weather driving conditions require your full attention.
- Keep your distance: You know your truck takes longer to stop than a passenger vehicle, but this fact is further exacerbated in wet or slippery conditions. Always hang back and decrease your speed in bad weather.
- Buckle up: According to West Virginia Trucking Association, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury in a car accident by 45 percent. Buckling up is an easy way to increase roadway safety this holiday driving season.
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