During the holiday season, freight shipments tend to increase and provide the opportunity to pick up extra loads and earn some extra money. Driving over the holidays can also mean more congestion on the roads as people will be on the roads more seeing family or running last minute holiday errands.
Snow, ice, and other inclement weather can occur as well, depending on where you drive. To help keep you safe, check out these holiday safety tips for truck drivers.
1. Monitor the Weather
You want to make sure you check the weather forecasts frequently while on the road. You don’t want to be surprised when the weather suddenly changes from sunny to snowy.
2. Monitor the Roads
Get a RoadWatch sensor system installed on your truck. This neat device tells you the road temperatures and outdoor temperatures, so you will know if you need to worry about black ice and icy conditions.
3. Lock Your Truck
Whether you are in your truck or stopped grabbing a bite to eat, make sure you keep your truck locked at all times.
4. Take Breaks to Stretch Your Legs
Since you will be driving more during the holidays, stopping more often to get out of your truck, get some fresh air, and stretch your legs will help you stay awake and alert.
5. Go with the Flow
Allow extra time to get to your destinations. Slow down in heavy traffic and inclement weather. Take your time, so you arrive safely.
6. Don’t Drive More Than You Should
Pay attention to the number of hours you drive and do not exceed 11 since that is the maximum allowed per 24-hour period.
7. Video Chat with Family and Friends
Being away from home can be challenging since you can miss out on holiday festivities with family and friends. Take advantage of technology to stay in touch and be present virtually.
8. Adjust Your Holidays as Needed
It is okay to adjust when you celebrate holidays to fit with when you will be at home with your family. If you have kids, you can have your spouse or partner make sure Santa still arrives on the 24th, and then video chat on the 25th if you won’t be home.
9. Reward Yourself with Semi-Truck Accessories
With all the extra hours you are putting in, you deserve all of the added comforts you can get in your truck. By searching for replacement truck seats, you can find special semi-truck seats that you can customize with the features and options you want, such as heating, cooling, massage, and more.
At Suburban Seating & Safety, we want to wish you and your family a happy, safe, and joyous holiday season. To find an auto seats replacement, RoadWatch sensors, and other items for your truck, please feel free to explore our online store or contact us by calling 844-727-7328 today!