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Safety & Life on the Road

Staying Safe on the Road

It’s important to know how you can drive safely on the road, especially when it’s your job. One way to stay safe on the road is to always wear your seat belt correctly. If you choose to not buckle up, your chances of being killed are almost 25 times higher than for those who do use their seat belts. Being a good driver should never be an excuse to not wear your seat belt. There can always be bad weather, bad drivers, mechanical failure, or a tire blowout. To learn more about why buckling up is important, visit FMCSA’s CMV Driving Tips - Failure to Buckle Up webpage.

Whether you’re new to the trucking industry or you’re not, safety should always be your top priority. provides many tips on how to stay safe while driving.

  • Pay attention to parking. Find a safe place to park to help ensure that your vehicle is not damaged or broken into.
  • Plan your trip. Having a general idea of what exits and routes you will use means you can cut back on confusion and lost time on the road.
  • Secure your vehicle. When parked, whether you’re in your truck or not, always keep your windows rolled up and your doors locked. This will help to protect you and your belongings.
  • Maintain a safe stopping distance. By maintaining a safe following distance, you will have more time to react and avoid a collision.
  • Stay in your lane. Make sure to check your mirrors as much as possible and try to stay in your lane unless moving is the only option.

Highway hypnosis is a trance-like mental state in which a person can drive a vehicle normally for long distances without any recollection of doing it. Driving in this state can lead to slower reaction times and preventable crashes and near crashes. provides great ways to stay alert and avoid highway hypnosis.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking water regularly can help increase brain function and boost your energy levels.
  • Eat Healthy Snacks: Snacking on junk food, which contains large amounts of sugar, salt, and fat, can make you tire out quickly. Eat healthier snacks in order to have energy for hours at a time.
  • Use Eye Drops: This prevents your eyes from drying out when driving for long periods of time.
  • Open the Windows or Use AC: Colder air helps to keep you awake when driving. The warmer your cab is, the more likely it is to fall asleep or to experience highway hypnosis.
  • Play Music: Try to stick to upbeat music to keep your mind awake and alert when driving.
  • Take Breaks: Let your body and mind rest, get enough rest, and take advantage of rest stops when you see one.

Living on the Road

Being unprepared on the road may cause problems that you don’t have time for. If you need help packing, CDL Training Today prepared some tips for truck drivers to use.

  • Pack Lightly: Due to limited space, you may feel cramped if you overpack. Only pack the essentials.
  • Clothing: Before you leave, check the weather for where you are going. Bring extra clothes in case the clothes you have get dirty. If your trip is three days long, try bringing five days’ worth of clothing and always bring extra socks and underwear. A hoodie and rain gear are smart to bring as well.
  • Cooking: Bring water bottles, healthy snacks, and even a mini fridge and microwave to keep in your cab!
  • Personal Hygiene: Pack shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, deodorant, and any other personal hygiene products.
  • Miscellaneous Items: Items such as a flashlight, laundry detergent, and dryer sheets are important to have when living on the road.