Even the most experienced truck drivers are not excluded from having a lapse in judgment from time to time. With this in mind, it’s wise to have the trucking fundamentals down to prevent any easily avoidable slip-ups. There are many precautionary steps to keep in mind to assure safety and overall driving efficiency. To avoid getting caught in a mishap, here are 5 tips for truck drivers to abide by so the roads can be navigated with confidence.
A Backup for GPS
As a truck driver, GPS will often be your best friend in regards to all of your navigational needs. The information that a GPS system displays is a valuable asset to have on the side of a driver, however, it’s important to learn not to solely rely on digital assistance. The odds of your navigation failing on you are slim but it never hurts to have a map handy in case something happens. Just like how people say it never hurts to know how to drive stick even though you drive an automatic shift car, it never hurts to know how – and the same applies for reading a map.
Stay Sharp with Entertainment
Trucking is generally a very sedentary job with long hours on the road. The lack of movement can be tiring, but training your body to stay awake is crucial for road safety. A great way to keep the mind sharp and fresh is listening to podcasts during the drive. With hundreds and hundreds of options to choose from, find one that interests you to avoid dozing off from momentary monotony.
Promote a Healthy Diet
Eating healthy and staying hydrated provides drivers with many benefits that typically go unacknowledged. Staying away from sugary foods and drink will prevent your energy from crashing when you least expect it. A balanced diet and limiting over-consumption of substances such as caffeine will actually improve alertness. Getting the job completed is, of course, the primary objective, but taking care of your body is something that cannot be overlooked. Don’t settle for junk foods from the pit stop and you’ll experience improvements in your performance and overall health.
Be Prepared for Winter
The winter months can be particularly treacherous in comparison to other times throughout the year. The weather isn’t all that forgiving due to the accumulation of increased snow and ice. These two natural occurrences don’t provide the best driving conditions, so you must be cautious and prepare for the worst. Practice safe trucking and you’ll promote safety for all those on the road including yourself.
Keep Constant Tabs on Your Trailer
One of the most important tips for truck drivers of any experience level is making sure you’re keeping constant tabs on your trailer. No matter where you are, you must make sure your entire vehicle is in good driving condition. To avoid any accidents, a driver will want to do a pre-trip inspection before heading back onto the road as a necessary precaution.
Build a Career with National Retail Systems, Inc.
Exercising best practices through continuous learning is always a beneficial way to build upon existing talent and experience. Part of succeeded as a trucking freight transporter for a 3PL, your awareness must be firing on all cylinders 24/7 – even before ever starting the ignition. Road and vehicle knowledge is crucial to success and this is why 3PLs actively search for talented drivers who show these employable traits. National Retail Systems, Inc. invites drivers to join our dedicated fleet to provide the highest quality logistics transportation service in the nation. We’re excited to show our drivers how on-road proficiency will improve on domestic roadways while achieving more home time and competitive pay. If interested in truck driver jobs with National Retail Systems, Inc. please contact us today to learn about our lean logistics model or view the job posts currently available.
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National Retail Systems, Inc. (NRS) includes Keystone Freight Corp. & National Retail Transportation, Inc. (NRT). NRS is an asset based 3PL that has been providing logistics services for the World’s leading retail companies for 60+ years. Our hub locations include: New York & New Jersey; Los Angeles, CA; Inland Empire, CA; Savannah, GA; Columbus, OH; Greensboro, NC; and Baltimore, MD.