April 28, 2020
In Case of an Emergency: Properly Prep Your Cab for an Emergency
In the unfortunate event drivers find themselves stranded in their vehicle; it’s a good idea for them to be prepared for an extended stay in their truck. Even if they are prepared for poor weather conditions, other unforeseen circumstances, like collisions or damage to roadways, can force a road closure. Sometimes it’s just for a few hours, but it could be for a couple of days. In any case, having a few emergency items onboard is a good idea. Here are some recommendations for what drivers should pack:
Food and Water
It’s a good idea for drivers to store a couple of days’ worth of food and water in their truck. Non-perishable food items are easy to pack and store onboard, and have a relatively long shelf life. Access to stored non-perishables and water will come in handy in a situation where the driver cannot make it to a store or is unsure when traffic will move again.
If you oversee a long haul fleet, check in to see if your drivers are packing clothing that may be needed for variations in the temperatures for areas they drive through. That may seem obvious, but it’s less so when fall transitions into winter. If drivers are traveling through areas that could be hit by snowfall, make sure they are packing good snow boots, a heavy jacket, gloves, and a warm hat. This will prepare them to face the elements if they have to get out of the truck and work on equipment or chain up. Extra blankets are always nice to have, especially during chilly nights. In the same turn, as longer days approach during spring and summer, clothing layers and accessories to help combat heat and sun glare are always important. Packing proper clothing for changes in weather year-round can assist in improving drivers’ comfort.
Basic Medical Kit
Falling ill or experiencing an injury are unforeseen circumstances. If your drivers are in a position where they can’t access immediate attention, it’s best to have resources on board to temporarily provide some needed relief. Disinfecting wipes, Band-Aids, cold, allergy and pain medication are just a few basic items that are a ‘must-have’ in a medical kit. It is always good to check expiration dates at least periodically to stay adequately prepared and to replenish items that are running low in your basic medical kit.
Flashlight, Cash, and a Trucker’s Atlas
With cell phones and other electronic devices, we have become strongly dependent on technology to help us with a variety of tasks. Nevertheless, if your drivers find themselves in an area where there is no Wi-Fi or data service and need to locate help, it’s smart to have non-technological items to do so. A trucker’s atlas will help pinpoint their current location and if help is within walking distance. It’s also smart to have petty cash on board. Not all businesses will take a card for payment, especially if there is a power outage. Lastly, it is also a good idea to pack a quality flashlight, have extra batteries on hand, and carry extra flares – just in case.
Remember, not all trips go according to plan. It is always important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure your drivers have access to the items they need and know what to do in unforeseen circumstances or an emergency.
For additional resources and items to consider in case of an emergency, visit the Red Cross Survival Kit Supplies.