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Tip No: 16 - Preparing For A Long Trip
Truck drivers have to carry out a full inspection before leaving on a trip. This Includes the vehicle and cargo. They repeat the inspection every time they set out.

Before you leave for a long trip, have your car checked by a professional mechanic.

There are some checks you can do yourself or have done by a service station attendant.

Check: All the lights. The oil level. the drive belts. Tighten if necessary.

Make sure there is enough coolant in the radiator coolant tank.

Fill up your windshield washer tank and check the conditions of the wiper blades.

Clean the car windows inside and out.

If you're pulling a trailer, make sure the trailer lights are working. That's a must for me, every time I hook up a new trailer, and before I set out on each leg of a trip.

Plan your route and overnight stops in advance. Leave details of your route or destination with a relative or friend.

If you need directions, stop at a truck stop. You are sure to find a truck driver who knows the area in which you are interested. He or she will be glad to advise you.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  12-Braking
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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