Many inexperienced (or experienced) hauliers can make mistakes at their job, which is perfectly normal. But if these mistakes are made on the road, they could lead to a tragedy. That’s why we bring you this article, so you can know all the recommendations you should know and always keep them in mind.
Being a haulier is not an easy job because the tasks that make up this profession are the most difficult and demanding. It is also necessary to add that the driver usually accumulates many hours on the road, without sleeping, and being far from his family and home.
Here we give you a series of tips and recommendations that will surely help you for those long road journeys.
Recommendations for health during the journey
- Stay hydrated at all times.
- Eat a balanced diet and eat foods that are easy to digest.
- Do not remain seated when you have finished working or relaxing. Walking a little or walking a little will help you not feel tired in your legs.
- Do routine tests and consult your doctor if you have any abnormal symptoms or discomforts.
- Wear sunglasses with UV filters to protect yourself from the sun.
- Change the focus area regularly to prevent dizziness and/or drowsiness.
Advices before driving
- Always keep your vehicle and driver’s papers in order.
- Perform preventive inspections before starting the route.
- Never drink alcohol before or during the trip.
- Always wear the seat belt.
- Do not exceed the weight of the MMA (maximum allowable mass) in the loads you are carrying.
- Never drive on an emergency lane.
- If it rains or fogs, always keep the lights on.
- Check the safety distance at all times.
During the trip
- Depending on the load you are transporting, look for the most convenient route for this load. If possible, look for return loads and do not come back empty.
- Establish a stopping plan to eat and refuel.
- Respect all rest hours, respecting the law.
- Try to avoid, as much as possible, traffic jams and traffic. You can use tools such as Google Maps and its route planner.
- Try to break as little as possible and maintain a stable speed. This can help you save fuel.
- Avoid distractions (such as mobile use, tablets, etc.).
- If you wear glasses, try to make the lenses anti-reflective.
- Take advantage of inertia, fuel consumption will be reduced.
- Listen to your body, if it gives you signs of fatigue, take a break.
- And don’t forget to confirm the delivery, once the unloading is finished, your responsibility ends there.
About the vehicle and the loading
- Before leaving, check the following items:
- Oil pressure.
- Tire and air condition.
- As mentioned earlier, check the truck and loading documents.
- Do not leave any valuables in sight, as they could be stolen when your vehicle is parked.
- Install an alarm and security system.
- Adjust the seat to make it as comfortable as possible.
- Always carry an emergency kit containing medication, non-perishable food, water and warm clothing.
- Always have chains on hand for the wheels in case of snowfall.
In addition, we will insist on being always up to date on new trends and developments in the sector, particularly in the field of security. With the evolution of technology, new tools or gadgets appear every year, explicitly designed to improve driver safety.
In conclusion, whether you like the road or you are a transport professional, these tips are for you. We are confident that with them, you will be able to enjoy your work and ensure your safety and that of others.
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