• December 22, 2023

    7 Trucking Tips for Christmas Holidays 

    If Santa Claus were real, he would undoubtedly be a truck driver! Why? Well, because you, truckers, are the ones who tirelessly deliver all those things we like about the holiday season - the gifts, the Christmas trees, the decorations, the ingredients for our favorite meals, and all the accompanying stuff. In fact, without you, there would probably be no holidays… or at least not as we know them today!

    That’s why it is particularly important for truckers to adequately prepare themselves for the next couple of weeks. If you plan to keep hauling during the holiday season, you need to be patient, well-rested, and always ahead of the curve. Let’s take a look at our tips for holiday season trucking:

    1. Get ready for traffic jams

    More than 115 million Americans are expected to travel away from home in the upcoming Holiday period (December 23, 2023 to January 1, 2024). This is an obvious indicator that you should avoid driving during rush hour and pick alternate routes when passing large metropolitan areas. We advise you to check traffic conditions frequently either on the news or through mobile apps such as Google Maps.

    2. Check the weather forecast

    This is the obvious one, but we simply had to remind you! The weather in this part of the year can be extremely unpredictable, so make sure to carry all the necessary equipment and adjust your driving to the atmospheric and road conditions.

    3. Avoid shippers/receivers with strict appointments

    During the Christmas season, companies may experience a higher volume of shipments, putting additional stress on their warehouse staff. When you factor in potential delays caused by traffic congestion, unfavorable weather, and limited parking availability, it becomes evident why it’s advisable to avoid shippers/receivers that enforce strict appointment deadlines. Consider discussing with your dispatcher to secure loads that offer greater flexibility to your schedule.

    4. Stay calm

    We usually associate holidays with a positive mood and good vibes. When it comes to holiday season trucking, however, the story is a bit different. Lots of angry, impatient drivers, hurrying to reach their Christmas destination is something we usually see in this part of the year. Therefore, staying calm and patient in such situations is crucial for both your safety and mood.

    5. Reserve a parking spot in advance

    This is the season when we all grasp how bad the situation actually is when it comes to a truck parking shortage. A significant number of truckers choose not to haul during the Christmas holidays, seeking safe locations to park their vehicles during this period. Whether you intend to be on the road or take a well-deserved rest in the upcoming days, it is advisable to reserve your parking spot as early as possible, as available spaces are quickly filling up.

    6. Don’t work more than you can

    Trucker’s burnout is a real thing, especially in the part of the year when everybody enjoys spending time with their family. Do your job the best you can, but be mindful of your limits and try maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

    7. Be proud of the job you’re doing

    Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays, it’s crucial for truckers to take a moment and reflect on the significance of their role! As the unsung heroes of the festive season, truck drivers play a pivotal part in delivering the magic of Christmas to households across the nation. Your hard work does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate you making the holiday season brighter for us all!

    If you’re a truck driver or are considering entering the trucking industry, make sure to follow AAA Freight on social media to stay updated on all the important news, gain valuable advice from niche experts, and learn more about the job opportunities we offer!

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