This post was written by: Channing Puls
Post-holiday safety remains essential for commercial semi-drivers as they navigate the roads during the holiday aftermath. Here are some tips and recommendations for Post Holiday safety:
- Be Cautious of Fatigue:
After the holiday, there may still be increased traffic or tired drivers on the road. Be especially mindful of signs of fatigue in yourself and others.
- Check for Road Debris:
Increased travel during the holiday can lead to more debris on the roads. Watch for objects that may have fallen off other vehicles.
- Monitor Vehicle Performance:
Check your vehicle for any signs of wear or damage incurred during heavy holiday traffic. Address any maintenance issues promptly.
- Remain Weather-Aware:
Continue to stay updated on the weather conditions, as the post-holiday period may still present challenges, such as inclement weather or changes in temperature.
- Adapt to Traffic Changes:
Roads may still be busy as people return home from their Holiday trips. Be patient and adapt to changing traffic patterns.
- Stay Informed About Road Conditions:
Check traffic reports and road conditions as you travel post-Holiday to anticipate any issues and plan your route accordingly.
- Take Breaks:
If you’ve been on the road for an extended period, take regular breaks to stay alert and focused.
- Secure Your Cargo Again:
Ensure that your cargo remains securely fastened and hasn’t shifted during your journey.
- Communicate with Other Drivers:
Use your CB radio or other communication tools to stay informed about road conditions and potential hazards.
- Remain Vigilant at Intersections:
Be especially cautious at intersections, as some drivers may be returning from holiday festivities and could be distracted or fatigued.
- Watch for Emergency Vehicles:
Be aware of emergency vehicles and give them plenty of space on the road.
- Inspect Your Trailer:
Conduct a thorough inspection of your trailer to ensure it is in good condition and hasn’t sustained any damage.
- Review Logbook Entries:
Ensure that your logbook entries are up-to-date and comply with hours-of-service regulations.
- Avoid Impaired Drivers:
Stay vigilant for signs of impaired driving and maintain a safe distance from any vehicles exhibiting erratic behavior.
- Report Any Issues:
If you encounter unsafe conditions or witness an accident, report it to the appropriate authorities.
If you come across hazardous situations or observe an accident, promptly notify the relevant authorities. Following these safety guidelines post-Holiday enables commercial semi drivers to play a role in upholding road safety in the aftermath of the holiday season.