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Truck Driving Tips from The Experts
2019-09-30 01:17:18

As experts in the heavy truck parts industry for 38 years, we’ve interacted with many truck drivers over the years. And while our main purpose is getting drivers out on the road fast, we have also gathered plenty of tips and advice for maximizing your health and safety during life out on the road. If you are going to take the time to find the perfect used parts for your truck, you should also be taking the time to take care of yourself.

Stay Healthy

Life on the road can be tough. Long hours of driving with only a few truck stops along the way can make it difficult to eat healthy and exercise. But no matter how tight your schedule is, finding ways to maintain your physical health is essential. Whether that means doing push ups while your tank is filling up or finding time for sit ups before bed, choosing creative ways to stay healthy ensures that you can be at your best while you are on the road. Another important aspect of staying healthy is choosing a proper diet. When it comes to eating on the road, fast food can feel like the easy option. However, taking a few extra minutes to pack some healthy groceries before you leave can help keep you performing at the highest level while on the road.

Slow Down

Time is money, especially when you’re racing against the clock. But as truck drivers, your first responsibility is to keep yourself – and everyone else around you – safe. Speeding while carrying heavy loads of precious cargo is a recipe for disaster for you, your boss, and other cars on the road. Do your best to meet your deadlines, but remember to always drive within the capabilities of yourself and your truck.

G.O.A.L. (Get Out And Look)

When it comes to driving a truck, backing up can be a difficult challenge. Maneuvering your vehicle into a tight space with a giant load blocking your vision requires the utmost care and expertise. There is no shame in getting out of your truck to ensure safety for your truck and everyone around you. Take the time to be the best driver you can be, in every scenario.

Do the Little Things

You’ll never be too experienced to take care of the little things. Constantly checking your truck will keep you updated on the needs of your truck, and will limit the possibilities of unexpected issues. Pre-Trip and Post-Trip inspections can identify the small issues that could potentially become major problems down the road if left unchecked. If you see something unusual, or discover that a part isn’t working correctly, call your truck part specialist to determine the best solution.

Keep yourself entertained

No matter how experienced you are, driving long hours can become monotonous. Sing along to your favorite playlist, call up friends and family, and do anything that will keep your mind off the day of driving that’s ahead and behind you. Staying motivated during your downtime is just as important. Watch a movie or read a book to relax and rejuvenate. Staying well rested will ensure that you have the maximum amount of energy to be the best driver that you can be.