The holidays are upon us, and Santa’s elves…aka truck drivers…are working around the clock to get products transported from point A to point B.
Short haul trucking plays a pivotal role during these busy days, accounting for the final leg of the delivery that ensures products get to the department stores on time and ready or shoppers.
However, the pressure of the holidays can heighten safety risks, especially on the road. Short haulers need to be vigilant. We share our best safety tips in this post.
Double-check your truck
Remember that traffic is much higher during the holidays as people travel across the country to be with family. From inclement weather to delays, the risk of an accident happening is greater. It’s important for every driver to do their part for safety- especially truckers.
One way to minimize risks is by inspecting your vehicle before heading out for the day. Check your tire pressure, windshield wipers, and batteries. If you’ll be driving through inclement weather, make sure you have the proper gear, such as chains and emergency kits.
Have a backup plan
You need to be ready for anything during the holidays, which is why being prepared is paramount. In case heavy traffic hits or weather slows the roads down, be ready with alternate routes, or parking spots for shelter.
Make sure your fuel is topped off in case you have to spend extra time on the highway. It’s also a good idea to leave earlier if possible, to give yourself plenty of time.
Take care of yourself
Finally, short haulers shouldn’t forget to watch their health. The holidays are a stressful time for supply chain workers, and it can be easy to fall into negative patterns such as not getting enough rest or giving into an unhealthy diet.
Make it a priority to sleep 6-8 hours per night and take breaks every couple of hours when driving. Keep snacks with you, such as fruits, nuts, and crackers. A mini cooler is great for storing water bottles, so you’re always hydrated.