Long-distance driving tips with Swannells Transport

Swannells Transport prides itself on its swift haulage services delivered to the highest standard. However, such standards wouldn’t be achievable without our skilled drivers providing these services across Cambridgeshire and the UK.

In this blog, we’ll cover the five most important tips for long-distance driving that each of our drivers adhere to. These tips are great rules to follow if you’re a long-distance driver looking to ensure your journeys go without a hitch. 

Rest is vital

Before you can get out onto the road, a good sleep schedule is essential for making zero errors and rash decisions during your journey. More rest means quicker reaction times, which will help prevent potential hazards you might encounter on the road.

Plan your route

In order to make your delivery on time, planning your route is another top tip. Before your shift, make sure you know the quickest, but also, safest route to your destination, and prepare for any increase in traffic that may significantly delay your driving time.

Bring plenty of food and water

Ensure that you have a sufficient supply of food and water on your rest breaks to keep you performing at your best. If you’re travelling a route where services are few and far between, a well-stocked supply will see you covered for the trip.

Stay active

Movement is just as important as resting. Sitting in place with minimal movement for hours on end can have adverse effects on the body, including aching joints and blood clots. When you can, stop and stretch your legs to keep the blood pumping. Exercise and general movement will help prevent negative physical effects on your body so you can tackle the long drives successfully.

Check your vehicle

Long distances will inevitably take a toll on your vehicle if you don’t make sure it’s road-ready before the trip. Check your tyres, lights, trailer (if driving a lorry), and anything else that is designed to help improve your safety before heading out on the road.

With these five essential tips, your long-distance journeys will be as successful as can be. They’re all instrumental elements in ensuring that Swannell’s drivers can deliver outstanding service every time.

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