Spending a long time on the road is standard for any trucker, but it doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Tiredness, boredom, hunger or simply restlessness can all kick in at any moment, so ensuring you stay ahead of all these things - and your journeys are as comfortable as possible is crucial. Here’s our top tips for staying fresh on the road:
Always be prepared
The boy scouts were onto something with the motto ‘be prepared’. If you’re a trucker gearing up for a long drive, make sure you’re as prepared as possible. This includes mapping out your route (and knowing where the rest stops are), stocking up on drinks and snacks for the road and making sure you are covered for any eventuality - from being able to carry out minor repairs, to making sure you’ve got spare windscreen cleaner, oil and anything else you may need.
Take a break
Regular, short breaks are key to your comfort and safety on the road. Ensuring you’re well rested and energised for your long journey is critical for your safety, and for others. If you’ve already planned your route like recommended above, factor in where rest stops are and what facilities are available. Planning in stops is important, but knowing where stops are in case you end up needing an unexpected break can make your journey much easier.
Keep hydrated and cool. Carrying ice cubes to suck on can help with an onset of tiredness if you’re not able to stop straight away, likewise with water. Make sure your air-con is in working order before setting off and roll down the windows to let in fresh air when on the road.
Ensure your truck is in top shape
If your organisation doesn’t do it for you, make sure to carry out a check of your truck before heading off. Making sure tires are in good condition and have the correct pressure, while checking on your wiper fluid, oil and coolant are all well-stocked will help you have the smoothest journey possible. Products from brands like Rain-X can help on the road to ensure you have the best visibility, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
Keep your cab smelling fresh
Bad, lingering odours aren’t just unpleasant for truck drivers, but they can also be distracting when on the road. When you’re on the road for a long period of time, it’s no surprise that cabs can become a hotbed of odours from food and drinks. Keeping your truck fresh smelling can have a big impact on the comfort of your journey, using products that don’t mask, but instead eliminate odours (like the ones we recommend here) is crucial.
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