Summer Driving Tips from Truckers

What can guys who drive for a living tell you about summer travel?

Quite a bit, actually. Check out their recommendations and take them to heart before you press the accelerator for that summer road trip.

  • BE PREPARED
  • This means checking the fluid levels, tire pressure, lights, cooling system, and brake repair before hitting the road.
  • KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN
  • Try to watch about a quarter of a mile ahead of you, and keep your distance from other cars. Remember, if you can’t see a trucker’s mirrors, he can’t see you either.
  • DON’T CUT ME OFF
  • When you want to change lanes, be sure you have room, and signal a bit before you make your move. Give others plenty of room when they are changing lanes, as well.
  • ENTER WITH COURTESY
  • When gaining access to a highway, remember that the cars and trucks who are already there have the right of way. Yield to them with courtesy, but do your best to make a smooth entrance by accelerating to the proper speed and watching for an opening. Often, drivers will move into the passing lane to allow you on, so you can return the courtesy by merging as smoothly as possible and not cutting anyone off.
  • STICK TO THE SCHEDULE
  • By using the most direct routes, you generally will save time and gas. Be sure you don’t need any engine repair and your car is tuned up and running properly to get there surely and safely.

Remember, if you can’t see a trucker’s mirrors, he can’t see you either.