Truck drivers have one of the most demanding, dangerous — and vital — jobs in America. As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Southeast and throughout the East Coast, it’s about to get more dangerous. For our trucking, transportation and logistics customers, we’re sharing critical storm safety tips to keep these hard-working men and women safe on the road.
1. Perform a Pre-Trip Inspection
Safety first, safety always starts with a pre-trip inspection. Make sure your vehicle is in proper working condition before you share the road with others during a storm. For a refresher, check out Schneider's Ultimate Pre-Trip Inspection Guide.
2. Prepare for High Winds
There is no calm before the storm. Even before a hurricane hits, there's heavy rain and strong winds. Strong winds can pull and even flip a tractor trailer. They can even damage a parked trailer. If you pull dry vans or reefers, you are at a higher risk. If you’re caught in high winds, slow down or pull over when it’s safe to stop.
3. Watch the Weather
Hurricanes can change course quickly. Check the U.S. Department of Transportation road conditions and closings often throughout the storm. And if there’s a state of emergency in a certain area, consider traveling a different route or delaying shipment in that area.
4. Avoid Flooded Roads
The high clearance and heavy weight of your truck may give you an edge over passenger cars on flooded roads, but if road pavement and small bridges can be ripped apart by flooded roads, so can your trailer. Not to mention, there could be deep holes, debris and power lines under the water. Never assume it's not as deep as it seems. Turn around if you can or stop and wait out the storm.
5. Be Flexible
Weather is unpredictable. Even a slight shift in the storm’s course can make a big impact on your route and safety. And there’s no telling how long the impact could last. Your best course of action: be patient, keep an eye on the weather, and a be prepared for schedule delays and changes.
6. Heads Up
Be alert to the road ahead and your surroundings, for your safety and those around you. You're on the road days and weeks on end. During severe weather, the demands and conditions are only greater. It's important to get rest, take breaks and know when to pull over.
7. Slow Down or Stop
You have loads of responsibility — the first and foremost is safety. Storm or no storm: slow down, especially on corners and ramps. No load is worth your life or the life of others on the road.
Safety is very important to Electric Guard Dog. While we relentlessly protect our customers' properties coast to coast with solar-powered perimeter security that can weather any storm, we want to make sure everyone on the roads and off, and those potentially in Florence’s path, are safe and secure.
Reach out to us with questions — we’re here for you.