- Be Alert Stay hydrated with water and avoid eating heavy meals that cause drowsiness. Get plenty of sleep before your shift. Drinking alcohol before driving is not permitted and can impair your judgment. Cell phones and the use of electronic devices is prohibited and dangerous while driving.
- Be Prepared Equip your trucks with water, snacks, emergency gear (safety vest, cones, chains, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, flashlight, road flares and warm clothing), tools, gloves, duct tape, GPS, maps and electronic equipment with charging devices.
- Maintain Equipment Pre-trip inspections can eliminate problems and save money for repairs over the roads. Maintain your equipment with weekly scheduled maintenance.
- Check the Load Check your trailer to make sure weight distributes correctly, and the load is secured. Check the seal is intact and that nothing looks out of place. If you suspect anything, take a picture and inform your dispatcher right away. Don’t forget to scale heavy loads.
- Double check paperwork Check that all pages are present and not missing. Check for signatures before leaving shippers and receivers. Make sure no shortages or damages are written on your bills if they are you must contact your dispatcher right away.
Check your route You may find yourself leaving one state and entering another with unexpected conditions along the way. Check the weather, traffic, weigh stations, and designated truck-stops along your route. Plan stops according to necessary breaks, available rest areas, available HOS, and weather conditions. .