When you’re on the road, there are a lot of factors that can make a job more difficult or unsafe. From long hours to unpredictable weather and potential road hazards, it’s important to take safety precautions to ensure that your job remains safe. Buckle up for our five important tips to help you stay safe on the road.
1. Get Plenty of Quality Rest
One of the most important things you can do for your safety on the road is to make sure you get plenty of rest the night before. Driving while sleep deprived can be incredibly dangerous, so it’s important to get enough rest before each shift to stay alert. Make sure to plan your trips in advance so you can plan for rest stops if needed.
2. Be Prepared
Being prepared for poor driving conditions ensures you are ready to respond when the situation is less than ideal. Make sure to plan your route ahead of time, and bring enough food and fuel to safely make it to your destination. Be prepared for a breakdown with blankets, and an emergency kit including flashlights, flares and extra food.
3. Adjust Your Driving to the Conditions
If weather or road conditions are causing issues with visibility or driving, slow down by lowering your speed. Remember to always watch 20-30 seconds down the road so you have time to read the situation and react if needed. In poor driving conditions including rain, ice or snow, never use cruise control as it will cause your vehicle to accelerate or decelerate uncontrollably.
4. Give Yourself an Out
Before setting out on a journey, ensure that you are familiar with the route and potential hazards, and always plan for alternative routes in case of an emergency. If you ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable, do not hesitate to pull off at a rest area and call your Operations Supervisor. Your decision to stop will be 100% supported.
5. Avoid Distractions
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents, so it’s important to avoid all distractions while driving. This means not using your phone, eating, drinking, or engaging in any other activity that can take your attention away from focusing on the road!
Following these tips can help you stay safe on the road, so make sure to keep them in mind when you’re out driving. Remember, safety should always be your top priority, and there’s no reason to push the limits during poor driving conditions!