Road Trip Planning
A professional driver knows the importance of road trip planning. A well-planned trip is profitable. It raises a trucker’s comfort level and eases their stress level.
To make your trip as easy as possible it is important to know where you are going to stop for meals, breaks, fuel, and rest.
A trucker must plan around the electronic logbook, hours of service regulations, and the company they work for as well as the demands of the customer.
Tips for Road Trip Planning
- Look at the total distance of the trip. Calculate your trip miles including stops for bathroom breaks, eating, fueling, border time crossing, traffic, and weather.
- Set a goal for your destination stops daily. Consider all the variables. Expected weather, traffic delays, border crossings, etc.
- Plan on fuel stops where fuel prices are the best deal.
- Have your customer profile with you. This includes a detailed description and a map to your delivery point.
- Allow extra time. Expect the unexpected. Arrive ahead of schedule. There should be no need to rush, speed, risk a violation, or run out of fuel.
- Plan to avoid high crime areas.
- Listen to weather reports and plan accordingly.
- Carry food and extra supplies and clothing.
Helpful Tools for Road Trip Planning
- Cell phone
- Map Book
- Online Resources
- Rest area
Possible Consequences of Not Trip Planning
- Running out of fuel
- Over fueling before scaling. This can cause an overweight issue which can adversely affect the driver’s schedule.
- No convenient restaurant for truck stops for breaks and meals.
- Potential danger. Could end up in an unknown or unsafe area.
- Extra miles. Costs the driver money if he takes the wrong route.
- Driving time/hours of service are wasted.
- Money is wasted.
- Fuel is wasted.
- Potential late delivery.
- Damage to your driving record.
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