Summer safe driving tips for regional drivers
Posted: July 18, 2019
Safe driving should always be a top priority, whether you’re an over-the-road driver, regional driver or drive locally. You probably know the basics - stay alert and aware, put away your phone, get plenty of rest, don’t speed, etc. Here are some additional safe driving tips every regional driver should know, especially during the summer:
1. Stay hydrated - It’s important to drink enough water throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to heatstroke, exhaustion, muscle cramps, and more - all of which can be especially dangerous when you’re sitting behind the wheel of a truck. If needed, you can add fresh fruit, a splash of lemon juice or a little bit of fresh mint for some extra flavor.
2. Inspect your truck regularly and often - The summer heat can sometimes affect your equipment. Checking your truck regularly, like keeping track of your fluid levels or the air in your tires, will help you discover issues before they become major problems.
3. Get up to date on construction zones - Road construction tends to ramp up during the summer. Make sure you check DOT’s website for up-to-date construction information because sometimes these construction areas pop up unexpectedly. Even though you may have traveled through an area the week before with no construction, that doesn’t mean the roadway will be clear of work zones the following week. Knowing what to expect will help you plan your routes accordingly, whether it’s to adjust your route or to allow for additional time due to lower speed through a construction zone.
4. Check the weather - Summer storms can be fierce and sometimes show up unexpectedly. Make sure you’re following the forecast along your route closely for storm, flood and tornado warnings.
5. Park safely - The benefit of a regional run is that you tend to frequent the same highways - and sometimes even the same customers - on a regular basis. It’s important to preplan your trip down to your stops at rest areas and truck stops. This will help you know which stops are safe for overnight parking or pull-through parking spots to minimized the probability of an accident.
6. Don’t forget about sun protection - Even though you may be sitting in a truck cab most of the day, sun protection is still important. Sun shining into your window can cause sunburns or eye damage. Make sure you put on sunscreen, use sunglasses and wear UV-protective clothing whenever possible.
7. Slow down in school zones - School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that the activities have stopped too. Between summer school, play dates at the park and summer sports, it’s likely that there will still be children out and about.
8. Be on the lookout for cyclists and bikers - When the weather’s nice, many people enjoy getting out on their 2-wheeled modes of transportation. It’s important to be extra watchful when you’re driving off the highway and especially when making turns. Remember to give cyclists plenty of room when passing.
What safety precautions do you take during the summer months?