Spring is officially here, and with nicer weather comes more traffic on the roads, new construction projects and busy schedules. With more distractions to deal with, we all need to keep safe driving and safe work front of mind. Even though you know what to do, reminders can be helpful. We want to be sure you arrive to your destination safely!
Here’s what you can do:
Get enough rest. Plan your day with your hours of service in mind so you’ll be alert when it’s time to drive. Still, if you feel drowsy, pull over and take a rest and let someone on your team know how you’re feeling. Don’t risk driving while sleepy.
Prevent allergies. If you are prone to seasonal allergies, be sure to always have allergy relief in your cab. There’s nothing worse than constant sneezing during your trip while you’re just trying to focus on the road. Always ensure that whatever kind you get, that it is non-drowsy!
Beware of work zones. Lanes are often moved or redirected during construction; adjust your speed so you can follow the provided signage without endangering yourself, other drivers, or the workers.
Be aware of your blind spots. Small cars can be easily missed. Signal your intention to change lanes or turn well in advance, so that cars have enough opportunity to get out of your blind spot.
Maintain a safe distance from the cars in front of you. You know that it will take you much longer to stop than an average car. But does the driver of the car know it? Defensive driving is a critical skill.
Regularly inspect your brakes. There isn’t always a convenient runaway truck ramp nearby to catch you if your brakes go bad. Inspect your breaks frequently!
Follow suggested speed limits. And when you’re in construction zones, remember that the speed limit may be further reduced and the fines for speeding increased.
Avoid aggressive drivers. When you see a driver whose driving appears to be unsafe, sporadic or aggressive, avoid them or move out of the way whenever possible. Also, call for the highway patrol to report this driver so they don’t cause injury to anyone on the road.
Thank you for your continued dedication and professionalism. We appreciate having the best truck drivers in the nation on our team!
. . . and a Lily reminder: keep Safety First!