3 Tips for Successfully Transporting Vehicles April 18, 2019
When you are making a transport run, people are counting on you. They want their vehicles delivered safely and on time. As a driver, you want a trip that is as smooth as possible, minimizing your own stress levels and keeping you and your cargo safe. Here are three tips for making your next transport trip a success.
Plan for the Weather
The weather can always surprise, especially on a long trip. If you are only driving an hour or two, it may be the case that the weather at the start will be the same as at the finish. However, if you are driving multiple days, you may be going through different climate zones and weather patterns. You want to have a sense of what the weather might be doing throughout your journey. You do not want to be surprised by snow or heavy rain. If you know the weather predicted for your route, you can also let your client know ahead of time about possible delays.
Safety is of great concern when you are caring for someone else’s property. What is safe for you is also safe for your truck and your cargo. For the best approach to safety on your transporting trip, follow general safety tips for truck drivers. It is also important to pay attention to your personal well-being. Make sure you have plenty of time, and avoid the temptation to cut corners due to the stress of deadlines. Whether it is staying hydrated or taking sufficient breaks, do what is necessary to stay alert and focused on the road.
Know Your Destination
The hardest part of any delivery is the last few minutes of the trip. This is where you may get off the highway and navigate unfamiliar territory. It is near the end of trips where accidents are more likely to happen. If you are traveling to a new location, be sure to talk with the client about any possible concerns about the delivery. Are there low bridges you need to avoid? Do you need to reach a specific location on the property or access the property by a specific entrance? Finding out these smaller details can make the difference between a smooth finish or a frustrating end to your trip.
A transport run is a big responsibility. Every trip is different, and there are many unpredictable factors along the way. With a little planning and preparation, you can have a smooth ride and a successful trip.