Planning your loads through the holiday months can get a bit tricky due to extra traffic, bad weather and other obstacles.
Our friends from The Truckers Network published a great article mentioning the following things you can do to make sure you don’t end up in a sticky situation…
Plan your trip
Planning your trip is essential during this time of the year. With everyone traveling, truck parking will be full, hotels will be booked and the traffic will be busy. Planning your stops and routes will help make your trip much more smooth. Also, planning your trip and giving yourself enough time helps you avoid rushing to get to your destination.
De-ice your truck
Allow yourself enough time before you start your route to clean off the ice and snow from your truck. Ice and snow on your windshield and mirrors make it difficult to see and create a safety hazard. Do not allow the snow and ice to create additional blind spots.
Give yourself enough time
This tip goes along with planning out your route. If you are worried about running into traffic or arriving late, then leave early and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. You want to avoid speeding, especially during the holidays when there are more cops and vehicles on the road.
Allow enough space in between vehicles
Tailgating is a serious safety concern for every vehicle on the road. It is especially dangerous for large trucks due to the weight and momentum of the vehicle. The average vehicle traveling at 60 mph needs at least 240 feet to come to a safe stop. Commercial truck drivers need much more time and space to come to a complete stop, especially if the roads are wet or icy.