As a truck driver or courier, you may find yourself on a long haul; travelling from side of the country to the other. Your trucking company has been entrusted with valuable cargo therefore a driver has to be aware during the entire trip. So, how do you remain fully aware while driving such long distances?
Before you depart on your journey, be sure to get a full eight hours of sleep. Your brain needs to be fresh and alert. Nothing beats a good night’s rest in order for you to be refreshed the following day. Also depart as early in the morning as you can. Your body and mind are more alert in the morning than in the late afternoon.
If possible avoid having to depart on a long journey in the afternoon where you will find yourself driving at night. Your aim should be to drive during the day and rest at night.
Next, do an overall general check of your truck to ensure that there are no visible problems with any truck or trailer parts. If there are any issues with any part of the truck, be sure to have the truck parts changed by a qualified mechanic to ensure maximum safety. If you are hauling a trailer, check it as well and change any trailer parts before you depart. For long distance travelling, it’s best to invest in quality truck and trailer parts for your own safety and the safety of fellow road users.
Finding yourself driving a truck can tend to become a bit monotonous. Gather some sound tracks to keep your mind entertained during the drive. Music that you can sing along to, can help you to stay awake because you are performing an additional activity. However, don’t play the music too loudly as this can be distracting while truck driving.
Be sure to stop regularly and get some rest. Stop at a service station to fill up the truck’s tank, get some food and to re-energise for the next part of the trip. If you tend to feel tired at all, rather pull over and take a break from the monotony of the road.
These are some handy tips of how to remain aware and safe while driving long distances with your truck and trailer. You have to be fully alert when hauling a trailer as any wrong move can cause your truck and trailer to swerve and cause an accident. Be aware so that you can reach your destination safely.