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Tips to Endure Long Hours on the Road

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  Monday, January 14, 2013

As a truck driver, you may feel like you live on the road. It can be a difficult experience to travel to unfamiliar places as well. However, you know this is all part of the job. An important technique to acquire is to have the ability to endure long hours on the road. Yet, this should be done safely so you can avoid accidents along the way.

It is important to explain to your drivers that breaks are encouraged when on the road. However, they must understand that a deadline should be met for each transport made. Therefore, to ease the stress of the job, here are some tips that can keep your employees safe on long road trips:

  • Pass the time by bringing audio books or your favorite music to listen to.
  • Never embark on a road trip tired. Always get plenty of sleep before you get behind the wheel.
  • Eat before you hit the road so you have the energy to withstand the long hours.
  • Avoid driving long hours without taking breaks. It is good to breathe in some fresh air and stretch your legs occasionally.
  • Make sure to have a complete first-aid kit in your vehicle as well as plenty of water.
  • Map out your route to avoid possibilities of getting lost or taking the long way to get to your destination.
  • Find out the projected weather conditions along the route you will be driving. Weather patterns can change instantly and you do not want to be caught off guard.

At Mid South Truckers Group, we want you to always remind your truckers of the importance of taking frequent breaks when tired. This will allow them feel reenergized and ready for what the road has in store. As you know, the trucking industry is very heavily regulated and presents many different safety and legal issues. Trucking companies need to be insured for a large variety of unique risks. Fortunately, we offer a vast array of motor carrier insurance solutions. It is probably time to re-evaluate your insurance needs, so let one of our expert agents go over all of your options.

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