If you are an owner-operator or small fleet trucking company, there are some things you can do to make your trucking life a little easier. Here are some tips, tricks, and suggestions to help you out:
- Make sure you know your route well before you start driving; this will help you avoid any last-minute surprises or changes.
- Keep an eye on fuel prices and plan your route accordingly; you don’t want to end up spending too much on fuel.
- Be prepared for the weather. If you know there’s a storm headed your way, make sure you’re ready for it.
- Make sure you eat properly while on the road. This will help keep you energized and focused.
- Use an MPG tracking app and keep a close eye on your unit’s miles per gallon. This will help you keep track of your expenses and plan your load routes more efficiently.
- Use apps to stay organized. Keep all of your paperwork and documents in one place so you don’t have to search for them when you need them. Even better, use a scanning app and keep all your documents online using Google Docs.
- Stay in contact with your family and friends. Let them know where you are and when you’ll be home.
- Allow yourself the opportunity to take breaks; driving for long periods of time can be tiring, so take a break every now and then.
- Make sure you get enough exercise. Trucking can be a sedentary lifestyle, so it’s important to get up and move around when you can.
- Join a YMCA; they’re all over the country, usually with ample parking, exercise equipment, pools, and showers. The YMCA can also help you stay physically, socially, and mentally healthy by providing a variety of activities that you can do.
- Get plenty of rest, trucking is a very demanding job and it’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. By being prepared and organized, you can help reduce the stress that comes with the job.
- Do very thorough pre-trip inspections. This will help keep you focused while on the road.
- Do very thorough post-trip inspections. This will help to make sure the receiver of the load doesn’t come back to you after you’ve delivered.
- Don’t rush just to get your load delivered on time. Your goal should be timely, safe, and without accidents.
Following these tips can help make the owner-operator or small fleet driver’s life a little easier, safer, and more fun. Drive carefully, stay safe, and Happy Trucking. Be sure to visit our website www.gwtruckinsurance.com or follow us on Instagram @gwtruckinsurance for more tips.