Staying awake and alert on long hauls
It’s no easy task. Long hauls can keep you on the road for hours, and especially when combined with an irregular sleep schedule, it’s easy to get tired. Unfortunately, most payment arrangements encourage drivers to stay on the road longer. This can lead to unsafe fatigue. It’s important to balance time on the road with rest while you’re on long hauls. Make sure that you fit in some sleep, and use the following tips for staying awake and alert on long hauls. That way, you can reach your destination safely.
Both before you hit the road and when you make a pit stop, make an effort to eat healthily. We know it’s easy to grab some fast food, but you may be kicking yourself for it once you’re back on the road. Fat and sugar can give you a temporary boost, but once your body has processed them, they’ll leave you feeling more tired than before. While you’re on long hauls, opt for meals that have lean protein and complex carbohydrates. Chicken, fish, whole grains, and vegetables are all good choices. The same rule holds for snacks. Instead of sugary candy, try a piece of fruit or some nuts. These snacks will help to keep you awake without causing a later energy crash. Continue reading
How to drive semi truck in the mountains is a question many truck drivers ask, and it’s one of the most challenging aspects a truck driver will face. You simply need to be extra cautious and properly prepared at all times.There are several important factors to keep in mind before and while driving in the mountains; the condition of your vehicle, safety needs, terrain, weather and visibility, volume and nature of traffic, the presence of wild life, and the overall condition of the road.For better clarity, let us take a look at some general safety tips for the various stages of driving a semi in the mountains. Continue reading
Save on commercial truck insurance – it is on the mind of all owner operators and fleet owners. Truck insurance is a major expense, but there are ways you can save commercial truck insurance.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Drivers and companies should implement regular truck and trailer maintenance checks in their pre-trip and post-trip routine. Those self-inspections are quick and easy, but the DOT inspections will take much more time when the inspector digs deeper after finding one issue, and even more time when tickets are being written. At minimum, the following items should be checked before getting on the road:
- Mud flaps
- Mirrors and windows
- Tires for excessive wear or audible leaks and visible cracks in the tires
- Trailer for stress cracks in the frame
- Load tie-downs
- Wheels and general lug nut inspection
If there’s something wrong, get it fixed right away. If one brake light or headlight is out, get it changed. Remember, if an inspector finds a problem it may cause you to receive a ticket or an out of service violation. Continue reading
Commercial truck drivers are faced with plenty of challenges during the best of weather, and driving a loaded or unloaded big rig is even more challenging when operating in bad weather.Driving in snow, wind or rain is bound to make driving more difficult; reduced handling, poor visibility, pockets of black ice and cross-winds, just to name a few. Continue reading
Buy commercial truck insurance the right way; consider these important factors:
- The type and value of the truck and cargo
- Driving radius and areas entered
- Everyone and everything that may come in contact with the driver or vehicle during operation and while parked.
The policy cost, scope of coverage, and level of liability coverage by and large is determined by the above factors, along with a driver’s record and experience. Continue reading