In any profession, especially the trucking industry, safety should always come first. Most of the time you will be carrying valuable cargo which can be susceptible to theft. So no matter how much in a hurry you are, even if you are on expedited delivery, you should keep these tips in mind to minimize the risks you face while on the road.
How to Protect Your Truck
Whether you’re leaving your truck unguarded for the night or sleeping in it, here are a few tips to improve the safety of your vehicle:
Keep It Locked
While this seems obvious enough, it is the first and most essential step in keeping yourself and your vehicle safe. Whenever you leave your vehicle make sure that it’s locked, even if you are just going out for a few minutes. It goes without saying that you should lock your truck while you are sleeping or away for longer periods of time.
Find Safe Rest Areas
Safe rest areas can be a rarity, depending on where you are. Do some online research before you park and try to find the one that has the best reviews. If you want to be extra safe, try to find a spot with security cameras and security guards. Even though it will cost more, the extra safety is always worth it. And here you can find some extra tips on how to park your semi-truck.
How to Protect Yourself on the Road
While it is very important to be mindful of the safety of your truck and cargo, your own safety should always come first. You could find yourself in many unpleasant situations if not prepared. Below are some recommendations to maximize your personal safety while on the road.
Always Keep Your Cellphone Charged
Keep your cell phone fully charged and with you at all times. Whatever happens, it is by far the fastest way to call for aid, whether it be police or a colleague nearby.
Avoid Walking Between Trailers in the Night
When night comes, walking between trailers is not only spooky but can be dangerous as well if you are not in a safe neighborhood. So if you really need to go out in the middle of the night be sure to carry a flashlight, a phone, and something heavy for self-defense.
When You Should Call the Police?
You should call the police right away anytime you see suspicious activity. You should always call law enforcement before taking things into your own hands. Risking your safety should only be done as a last resort if you are certain that there is no other course of action. Also, don’t call the police if it’s only when you or your vehicle is threatened. You could greatly help a fellow driver if you notice something suspicious before them.
Looking for a Job in the Trucking Industry?
We are always on the lookout for regional and OTR CDL Class A truck drivers. About 90% of our vehicles are newer trucks and trailers (2022 and 2023) available for lease to rent and own. If you want to be a part of the Nice Guys LLC team, contact us and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.