Dillon is serious about trucking and that means we are also serious about road rules. Whether it’s making non-distracted driving a priority or just sharing the road with smaller vehicles, we want you to feel as prepared as possible.
This is Dillon Logistic’s Summer of Safety series. Stay tuned for simple tips that can make all the difference behind the wheel.
#1 STAY ALERT
Being attentive and sharp while navigating your route is crucial for success, especially during summer time and intensive construction season. To make sure you keep safety first priority, don’t allow your attention to slip! Keep an eye out for motorcycles, blindspots and merging lanes, and always try to keep a safe distance between you and other cars. When it comes to staying alert, it all boils down to sleep. Getting the proper amount of shut eye will help your body and mind stay active. Make rest a priority the night before a haul.
#2 LIMIT DISTRACTIONS
Limiting distractions during your drive is the surest way to make sure you stay safe this summer. While cell phones are vitally important for everyday life, they can be deadly when used on the road. Make sure you invest in a handsfree set before leaving the terminal so you can keep your eyes on the road.
#3 ALWAYS BE PREPARED
Unfortunately, no matter how alert or free of distractions you might be there is always a chance that something could not go as planned. Try your best to be as prepared as possible by planning out your day - from the time you leave the terminal to when you make it to your destination. Make sure to leave on time and to have everything with you that you will need for a trip. Another important tip, and one we encourage, is to ask questions! Don’t be afraid to not know the answer to something. It’s better to ask and receive the correct information than to be delayed or stuck because you are unsure.
A third way to be prepared is to keep your body hydrated. As we approach the summer months drinking that extra bit of water can save you from headaches, fatigue and many other unpleasant symptoms that could knock you off your time schedule. Plain water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated - you can help your body by eating fruits that are high in water (watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries and peaches) and steering clear from drinks and food that are high in sugar (like soda and sugary coffee drinks). Your body will thank you later!
These tips might be simple, but that makes them no less serious! When you’re heading out on the road try and keep these 3 things in mind: Always stay alert, eliminate as many distractions as possible and always be prepared.
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