Preparing for a drive is a task we do daily and one that can carry high risk. It is something that we should plan for; and can be especially true for heavy hauling and delivery truck drivers. There are several areas to keep in mind and address when needed before heading out on your trip.
How to ensure a safe trip:
- Do not start a trip in a rush; leave with extra time to reach the desired location
- Get plenty of rest the night before
- try to check negative feelings/emotions before entering the vehicle
- Be considerate of other drivers and work to share the roadway
- Ensure seatbelts are worn by yourself and passengers
- Make a point to eliminate all distractions before the trip begins
- Fill your tank before heading out to ensure any emergency equipment is ready and in good condition
- Have an emergency action plan in place including roadside assistance service, local emergency contact numbers and specific vehicle emergency lighting, cones, signs, etc.
Plan for the route you will take:
- Stay up to date on road conditions and traffic
- When possible avoid routes with heavy construction, winding roads, narrow lanes, etc.
- Avoid commonly congested and accident-prone areas
- Ensure your travel plans/calendar stays updated so that others know your approximate location
- If navigation systems are used, route your trip and set up your equipment before heading out
Check to ensure the good working order of your vehicle before starting the trip:
- Check fluids in your vehicle (oil, wiper fluid, coolant, power steering and transmission)
- Ensure all hoses and belts are in good condition
- Check the battery and ignition
- Check all lights on the vehicle to ensure proper working order
- Ensure tires are appropriately pressurized
- Wiper blades should be in good condition
- Ensure brakes are in good condition