10-4 January Safety Brief
The recent ELD mandate has made trip planning an even more important part of your daily routine. With the ELD clock ticking, it is crucial to stay ahead of the game and know what obstacles await you. When planning your trip, things like poor weather and road work must be considered. We have compiled a list of a few tips that will help you plan your next route:
- Driving into unforeseen road work can be a dangerous and time-consuming situation. We suggest this website for keeping up-to-date on road work in each state: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/
- Driving into bad weather like the blizzard that closed I-86 in late December can be costly. While some weather situations are unpredictable, try checking this website for a general idea of what lies ahead: http://www.weather.gov/
- Your MPH calculations are another important factor. It is safe to plan on 50 MPH to allow time for traffic and stops, and help make sure you end the day at a safe place to park. This will vary based on traffic in some major cities.
- As with any trip, do a thorough pre-trip inspection. This is a critical step. A good pre-trip inspection will ensure you are aware of any need for service stops along the way.