Top Tips for Truck Drivers During Hurricane Season
Truck drivers have been through a lot during the past six months of the pandemic; From traveling while most were quarantined safely at home, to carrying the burden of delivering life-changing necessities in times of need. And now, they have to worry about traveling during hurricane season.
So far, the Atlantic hurricanes have been so frequent during this season that officials are actually running out of names for the storms. As of September 2020, there have been 20 hurricanes, and there are only 21 hurricane names on the list. This means the National Hurricane Center will be forced to switch the names to the Greek alphabet because there are many weeks to go during this season, which ends November 30. This is the first time this has happened since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
September is historically known for hosting the most hurricanes during the season, and this year is no different. Here are our top tips for truck drivers to stay safe during this 2020 hurricane season.
Top Tips to Stay Safe:
Watch the Weather Conditions
Be sure to constantly check the U.S. Department of Transportation alerts and stay up to date with any changing weather conditions. This will ensure that you are always aware of any and all hurricanes that may be coming your way, and will also advise of any road closures.
Pull Your Truck Over When Necessary
If you think for a second that it may not be safe for you to continue driving, then you should most likely pull your truck over. While it’s important that you make your delivery in a timely manner, the safety of you and everyone else on the road is more important. If the wind is causing your truck to swerve, you’re beginning to hydroplane or you simply can’t see more than six feet in front of you, then you should take a pit stop, and wait for the weather to settle.
Equip Yourself With the Right Gear
In case of emergency, you should be sure to equip your truck with tools and necessities you may come to need. For example, rain gear, for traveling outside of your truck in case of emergency. Water bottles and non-perishable food, a portable phone charger or solar-powered phone, flashlights, blankets, fire starters, and more. It may seem silly, but hurricanes can strike fast and hard. It’s important that you’re prepared for anything.
As truck drivers know, the trucks and their contents are extremely heavy and difficult to drive with, especially when it’s slippery outside. Be sure to go extra slow when driving in a storm, and take ramps and other short turns even slower than normal. People’s safety is in your hands, and you want to be sure to keep them and yourself safe at all times.
Truck drivers know they have a huge responsibility to make deliveries quickly and accurately, but it’s important that you keep safety in mind at all times as well. We hope you found these tips helpful, and as always, AFP Global Logistics is here to help in any way we can. Contact us today at 1 (800) 274-1237 for more information.