It's important to know how you can drive safely on the road, especially when it's your job. One way to stay safe on the road is to always wear your seat belt correctly. If you choose to not buckle up, your chances of being killed are almost 25 times higher than for those who do use their seat belts. Being a good driver should never be an excuse to not wear your seat belt. There can always be bad weather, bad drivers, mechanical failure, or a tire blowout. To learn more about why buckling up is important, visit FMCSA's CMV Driving Tips - Failure to Buckle Up webpage.
Whether you're new to the trucking industry or you're not, safety should always be your top priority. AllTruckJobs.com provides many tips on how to stay safe while driving.
Highway hypnosis is a trance-like mental state in which a person can drive a vehicle normally for long distances without any recollection of doing it. Driving in this state can lead to slower reaction times and preventable crashes and near crashes. AllTruckJobs.com provides great ways to stay alert and avoid highway hypnosis.
Being unprepared on the road may cause problems that you don't have time for. If you need help packing, CDL Training Today prepared some tips for truck drivers to use.
Many carriers allow family members to ride along on trips. Ask your carrier what rider policies they have and what you need to do to get one. Most of these are free and may require you to complete your initial training period or drive for the company for 6 months or more. These rules are usually based on the company's insurance policy so if you are an owner-operator, or simply own your own truck, so you may be able to travel or recruit employees more easily with a rider policy. Be sure to ask the fleet that you want to work for about this policy up front, especially if it is a deal-breaker for your employment there.
It's important to only drive safe equipment. If you find that your company's vehicle has a safety problem, Teamsters for a Democratic Union informs us to make sure to:
It's important to check your vehicle before and after you take a trip. By doing a pre-trip inspection, you can help prevent an incident or accident from occurring. By doing a post-trip inspection, delays can be prevented, you can be assured that problems are reported, and you can catch potential violations.
To learn more about the importance of pre- and post-trip inspections, read these tips from Fleet Owner.
Whip Around provides information on post-trip inspections and improving your inspection process.
It is important to find a safe place to park, especially when sleeping. Finding safe places to park can minimize cargo theft, personal theft, and keep you safe. Some tips for staying safe overnight are:
P Fleet provides a list of 12 apps that can help you locate free, semi-truck parking.
For additional safe sleeping tips, learn more from Landstar Agent.
Protect yourself by taking self-defense or rape-defense classes such as those offered by R.A.D. Find an R.A.D. program near you.
Prioritize your safety on the road even when you are not sleeping. Here are some additional tips to stay safe when traveling.
Personal hygiene is important not only for your physical health, but also for your mental health. Make sure to stay clean by taking showers and doing laundry (if needed) on the road.
Showering on the road can get expensive, so earn free shower credits by purchasing a rewards card! Rewards cards often work by providing you with points or shower credits whenever you buy fuel. There may be times when you do not have access to a shower. Here are some of Prime Inc.'s recommended items to keep with you on the road that can help you stay clean:
There may be times when you need to do your laundry on the road. Check out Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips for doing laundry on the road, including what type of laundry bags and bins to bring, and where you can do your laundry! Often, your choices may be limited to where you can park your truck, but some options of where you can wash and dry laundry include:
First time on the road and not sure what to pack? Use this great checklist provided on the Real Women in Trucking website that you can print out or save on your phone! The list includes information on what to pack when traveling long- and short-haul and includes personal items, clothing, safety clothing, electronics, food, and additional items.
Starting a career as a truck driver can be difficult, which is why CDL Training Spot shared some tips for new drivers, which include: