Truck drivers all over the country are stopping along highways and roads, but are they being safe in the process? Rest stops can range from filthy to sparkling, but you shouldn’t have to settle for a mediocre place to refuel or relax. Before your next driving adventure, follow these few rules when it comes to making safe and efficient stops.
Map out your route. Before you begin your journey, take a moment to map out the places to take your rest stops. By using each place as a kind of check point, you will make the day go by faster and be familiar with your rest stops beforehand. Take the time to plan your route beforehand, instead of making stops on a whim.
Share information. It is always a good time to look out for your fellow drivers on the road, especially when it comes to safe places to stop. If you find a safe place to rest, share the location with your friends and colleagues. This way, you know that everyone in your network is being smart when it comes to rest stops. Hopefully, over time, they will do the same for you.
Combine your stops. Do you need to fill up your tank, use the restroom or clean out your cab? Instead of making additional stops at unusual places on the road, try taking your breaks at the same time. Find a clean, well-lit area to handle all your necessary stoppages, and you will reach your destination safely and efficiently.
Petition for safer stops. There will be no change without action. If you believe that professional drivers need safe and clean places to stop on the road, let someone know. It is important to stand up for your rights as a trucker, and create a little bit of change for everyone else.
If you have questions or want to receive more information on making safe and efficient stops, contact Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance today.