A life on the road can be especially tough on truckers during the winter months, for a number of reasons. With November already here, haulers have no doubt experienced their fair share of frigid nights and mornings already. The big challenge for drivers at this time of year is staying warm and comfortable, particularly when they are pulled over for the night.
The following tips should help you do just that and continually put your best foot forward this winter:
1) Pack more blankets
Your company will usually ask you to keep the truck running when the temperatures dip toward 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, but in slightly warmer situations, you may need other gear to stay comfortable and safe, according to Western Truck Insurance Services. Often, that's as simple as having some extra blankets you can pile on top of yourself overnight, or even to lay across your lap or around your shoulders while you're driving.
2) Invest in a good space heater
If the temperatures don't dip quite low enough to keep the truck running overnight, you may still need to keep yourself warm, and a high-quality space heater is a great way to do that, Western Truck Insurance Services advised. Do some research, plug it into your inverter and go forward knowing those times you wake up shivering are a thing of the past.
3) Wear more layers
Another great way to stay warm is to simply layer up for anything you do while you're away from home, according to Platinum Drivers. A pair of long johns beneath your normal outfit is probably a good idea, and the same is true of wearing sweatpants or a hoodie to bed on particularly cold nights.
4) Buy an electric blanket or heated mattress pad
Another great way to keep yourself warm in bed, without the need for a space heater, is to have electric warming devices under the covers with you, Platinum Drivers added. That way, the heat gets trapped and you stay toasty for many nights to come.
5) Inspect your truck frequently
This is something you should be doing anyway, but if you find your truck isn't staying as warm as you think it should, give the whole cab a careful inspection, according to Planet Freight. You may find a crack or broken seal that is letting cold air into your cab, and you may be able to fix it easily.
6) Stock up on hand and foot warmers
Finally, because you will have to get out of your truck quite often, a good pair of gloves and warm boots may not be enough to combat frigid temperatures, Planet Freight said. As such, consider buying some hand and foot warmers in bulk at the start of the winter and always keep a few of them with you in the event you encounter some adverse weather.
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