Professional drivers have a lot on their plate and with 28% of truck drivers admitting to falling asleep at the wheel, upping safety measures are always welcome. Apart from truck drivers, others that call the road their office include delivery persons, bus drivers, taxi drivers, and more. There are a number of things drivers can do to remain safe on the road, but the onus is on the owner of the company to ensure these safety measures are enforced. Discover a few ways companies can make the world a little safer for their drivers.
Good Eating Habits For More Than Just A Trim Waist
Working long hours and fuelling up on sugary treats to try and stay awake is a recipe for disaster. High salt and fat levels could also spark up sluggishness, which is why a fresh meal is a better option. Foods that are high in nutrients, especially proteins, should be considered while on the road. Hummus, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, lean meats, and whole grains tend to be a better option than the pasty from the nearest bakery. For professional drivers, whether navigating through city traffic or staying awake on the open road, eating healthy not only reduces the risk of disease but also boosts energy levels and alertness.
Good Equipment To Get The Job Done
Professional drivers need to rely on their equipment to function optimally in order to stay safe and in this case, it’s a car, truck, or van. When there are mechanical issues, safety levels can slip. It’s recommended that transport industries trade in older trucks for new ones at least every five to ten years in order to keep it in a good condition. Vans and cars should ideally be traded in every three to five years. Apart from swapping out the older models for new ones, it’s also important to do regular maintenance. Owners shouldn’t underestimate the power of regular oil and filter changes as this could prolong the life of the engine.
Advanced Driving Courses For Professional Drivers
The United Parcel Service (UPS) sets the bar in terms of driver training with its five-day Quaker Boot Camp. Apart from learning key things about the company and some tips on service and ethics, drivers will also learn about road safety. High traffic situations, getting out of tight spots, and not allowing speed to ruin a good holiday season are all topics they can expect to cover.
Whether it’s maneuvering an 18-wheeler through peak hour traffic or zipping that nippy delivery van through tight city streets, road safety should always be top of mind for professional drivers.
Written by: Jennifer Johnson