Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and that means busier than normal highways. The Memorial Day holiday is commonly thought of as the unofficial kickoff to summer, which means busier roads for the next few months as families make summer road trips. Learn how truckers can stay safe while driving on busy highways and roads.
1. Leave Enough Space Between Vehicles
It takes a semi traveling 55 miles per hour the length of a football field to come to a complete stop. As a trucker, busier roads during summer months may not leave much room between vehicles, but to ensure your safety, leave enough room between your truck and the next vehicle to account for abrupt stops.
2. Keep Your Mind On The Road
Summer means more activities going on. As a driver, you may be thinking about what you are missing at home. It’s important to keep your mind from drifting and pay attention to the road.
3. Stay Alert
With children out of school for the summer, there will be more kids outdoors. Stay alert and watch out for children playing near the road. Keep an eye out for kids who may run out into the street.
4. Watch Out For Bad Weather
Many truckers let their guard down after the winter driving season. Summer still brings driving challenges. Heavy rain and storms can cause hazardous driving conditions. Watch weather reports and prepare for storms accordingly.