Whether you’re new to driving or you’re a veteran, you know that logging your time is essential to making the most money possible. We’ve got some helpful tips and tricks to assist in maximizing your time spent on the road.
Always Plan Ahead
This means that, before you start your engine, you need to have a good understanding of the route you’ll be taking, the traffic conditions you’re likely to encounter, and any scheduled stops along the way. In other words, proper trip planning is essential to ensure compliance with Hours of Service regulations. Before you set out, take into consideration the following:
-Know your fueling destinations
-Plan where and when you’ll take breaks
-Double-check your route
-Schedule an ETA for your drop off/ pick up destination
Pay Attention to The Weather
Checking the weather is an important part of trip planning. You should check the weather for the entire route of your trip, not just your destination. This way you can be prepared for any significant weather events that may occur. Snowstorms, for example, can catch you off guard if you’re not prepared. By checking the weather ahead of time, you can reduce the chances of any surprises later.
Keep Your Fleet Manager in the Know
It is important for drivers to keep their fleet manager informed of any delays or issues they are having on their trip. This way, the manager can be aware of the situation and plan accordingly. If a driver is experiencing engine problems, for example, they need to inform their dispatcher so they can plan accordingly for delays.
Have a Backup Plan
There will be times when your original plans fall through, and you need to have a backup plan ready. Like if you plan to rest at a truck stop that is 5 hours away, but an accident or construction delays you for an hour, you may need to find a different place to rest. Always create backup plans so that just in case delays arise, you won’t be caught off guard and stranded.