5 Quick Safe Driving Tips
Oakley Transport is serious about safety. 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. In this article, we will go over 5 easy tips to help you stay safe out there on the open road.
#1 STAY ALERT
To make sure you keep safety a priority, it is important not to let your attention to slip. Always keep an eye out for motorcycles, blind spots, merging lanes, and hazards such as construction zones, tailgaters and other vehicles weaving in and out of traffic. The combination of noticing trouble and knowing how to prevent hazards is a surefire way to keep you and your truck out of harm’s way.
#2 STAY WELL RESTED
When it comes to staying alert, it all boils down to sleep. Minimize drowsiness and driver fatigue. Maintain a regular meal schedule, eat healthy foods, and take a good break mid-shift to stretch and get out of your truck. And, of course, getting the proper amount of shut eye will help your body and mind stay active. Your eating, exercise and sleep habits while navigating your route are crucial for safety.
#3 STAY 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 like watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries and peaches. Steer clear from drinks and food that are high in sugar, like soda and sugary coffee drinks. Your body will thank you later!
#4 LIMIT DISTRACTIONS
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. Limiting distractions during your drive is the surest way to make sure you stay safe this summer.
#5 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.
These tips might be simple, but that makes them no less serious. When you’re heading out on the road, try and keep these things in mind.