The AAA predicts, “that more than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season. The record-breaking 112.5 million travelers taking to the nation’s runways, roads and rails for the year-end holidays represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year .” This means possible delays, traffic congestion,and impaired or distracted drivers, all combined with the unpredictable winter weather. Here are a few ways for truck drivers to stay safe during these hectic holiday travels:
- Check Your Truck Before Your Trip – make sure to double-check you have everything you need from an emergency kit to your paperwork before you head out. You want to make sure you and your truck are in good condition to avoid any surprises after you get on the road. Windshield wipers, batteries, chains for inclement weather – these are all items to .cross off your checklist before you head out.
- Patience vs a Ba-Humbug Attitude! This is a busy time of year with more drivers on the road, some who are unfamiliar with the area, who may be older or distracted due to phones or other people in the car. Be proactive, aware of what is around you and forgive any slights of other drivers who may be impatient or not paying attention. You can avoid accidents and a rise in your blood pressure by starting out your day with a few deep breaths. If it helps, listen to your favorite music or list ten things you are grateful for if you get frustrated on the road.
- Plan Ahead – Winter weather can hold you up as snow and ice slow you down. Make sure you have plenty of fuel and plenty of time, this may mean leaving earlier, staying on top of inclement weather, planning alternate routes and driving slower than posted limits. Black ice can also be a danger so make sure you are comfortable with your training and your truck, if you need a refresher on winter weather safety, don’t hesitate to brush up!
Here are some more tips on how to lower your stress levels, stay healthy and comply with safety and inspection regulations. If you are interested in driving for Veltri, please contact us. From all of us at the Veltri family, stay safe and happy holidays!