Long haul truck drivers face many risks while working in today’s fast paced environment. While some might consider the chances of being in an accident the most pressing danger to a driver, there are several other risk factors to consider. Lifestyle-related illnesses due to poor diet and reduced exercise are a problem in the industry and it´s not hard to understand why. Living healthy on the road is challenging. Drivers travel long distances which may require time away from home for long periods and the work in itself doesn’t always provide an opportunity for physical activity. However, eating healthy and staying fit is as important for you as a driver as it is for the rest of us in society.
The summer is here and so are the season challenges. We at Onspot are very concerned about our colleagues and customers in the transportation industry. During the winter months we want you to have good traction and during the summer months we want you to be safe as well. This is especially true when it comes to making sure that you and your cargo are protected in the best way. That´s why I want to share some useful tips with you out on the roads this summer.
Several companies are involved in projects with unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. How will the use of drones impact the global transportation industry? Here are a few pros and cons.
Is the truck driver an endangered species? At least it seems like that if we look at reports from many countries – all concluding that carrier companies have a hard time finding good truck drivers to hire. But, what’s the reason for this shortage of drivers? Of course, there is not one single answer to that, and besides, reasons differ from country to country and from region to region. However, I think that the solution to the problem is most certainly many-sided.
We all know that friction and traction is crucial to avoid sliding vehicles and spinning wheels. (To learn more, read the blog post What is traction, friction and road grip?) When driving, we have a sense of whether road friction is high or low. But is there a measure for road friction? If so, how could that be calculated since there are several different variables summing up as road friction? Let’s have a closer look at this “road friction”.
Every single rescue operation is about minimizing damage and ultimately saving lives, and hopefully, every single driver strives to reduce response time. For the rescue driver, with his specific knowledge and experience, it’s natural to reflect upon the matter from a local perspective. But, if we look at it from a general perspective; how many operations are there actually that may have response time reduced? Let’s have a look at some numbers.
Last week, the winter surprised me and most drivers totally. We had our first huge snow chaos of this season, some say it was the worst snow storm in 100 years. The news reported that many had left their vehicles on the highways to walk instead and many truck drivers where stuck in the snow and had to sleep in their trucks all night long.
It is not only the snow that can cause us problems. Even more dangerous is the Black Ice because this is not always seen. This week we have put together important information of how to discover black ice. Tips that could help you holding your time schedule and avoid accidents or getting stuck in a snowdrift and causing traffic jams.
When purchasing a new vehicle, 4x4 is a common option to consider. No wonder, it’s a familiar and well-tried solution with good features for safer driving – but it’s easy to ignore its weaknesses believing there’s no better alternative. However, when reflecting on those situations where traction is really crucial for your operations, you may conclude that 4x4 is not the perfect solution, but rather a compromise.
The fact that schedules and deadlines are critical for most transport operations is no news. Actually, missed deadlines could mean temporary profit loss and even lost contracts – not to speak about the bad company reputation that may result. The professional driver is of course well aware of this and hopefully he knows how to keep up with the schedule. Accordingly, missed deadlines could be blamed on things beyond his control – a missed deadline is blamed on chance. However, there are different ways to deal with chance.