You have conquered driving during the day. Now, you can drive safely and easily for the entire day, but what happens when it becomes night? How can you keep yourself and others safe when the sun goes down? Here are some tips to do just that!
- Keep your distance from others. As a truck driver it takes you longer to stop and, when combined with the low visibility, crashes are more likely to happen. Keeping more distance between you and everyone else helps decrease this risk.
- Take more breaks. If you are feeling even if bit more tired, you need to stop and walk around for a second. It keeps your mind and body more alert and it gives you a great opportunity to check your truck before continuing on. Get a very quick bite to eat and then continue on as a fully alert driver.
- Make sure there are no animals around. Watch for glowing eyes and if there are any dashing across the road, slow down instead of swerve. This can help minimize damage to your truck and anyone else that happens to be around you.
- Keep your mind engaged. Listen to some music or an audio book that allows you to still pay attention to the road. If you aren’t engaged you are more likely to be tired which leads to less focus as well. If you are looking for a way to get audiobooks, check out your local library to see if they have an app to get audio books, or go to a used book store to find some.
Remember, you are responsible for your safety and for the safety of those around you.