There’s no doubt about it, being a truck driver is a challenging career choice. It requires a great deal of training and skill. Even with the best training and years of experience, however, drivers are put to the test every time they get behind the wheel. For southeast linehaul drivers, end of season road construction, traffic congestion and unpredictable weather all come into play in late summer and early fall. However, they carry on, delivering load after load of cargo with barely a hiccup.
All along the southeastern highways and freeways, construction crews are busy finishing up major projects. While they will ultimately make the roadways easier to navigate, construction crews, equipment, and detours make travel difficult. Routing adjustments can help to avoid the heaviest construction, although this is not always possible. Therefore, truck drivers have to be particularly mindful of the narrow lanes and other motorists through these areas. What’s more, they must be prepared to slow down, and even stop, without notice through construction zones.
As the last of the summer vacation days come to an end, there’s an endless stream of campers and RV’s full of tired families on their way home. There are also those that are out to avoid the harsh cold of winter, who are heading south before the snow flies. Coupled with already packed highways around the metropolises in the southeast, they create a situation that requires diligent observation. Truckers almost have to be mind readers, anticipating the moves these motorists will make so everyone stays safe.
Fall brings with it a myriad of weather changes. At times, it’s bright and sunny, followed by heavy rain and high winds, fog and sometimes-even hail. Truckers can’t always pull over and wait for optimal weather; they have to keep rolling along. Proper safety lights, driving at a reduced speed and staying alert and diligent are all important tactics. In some situations, however, it is in the best interest of the driver and the public, that trucks and trailers remain parked. Torrential rainfall that reduces visibility, strong, sustained or gusts of wind are just two examples.
Linehaul drivers transport thousands of loads of cargo to, and from, destinations all over the southeastern states. While the majority of trips are problem-free, road construction, traffic and weather are always a factor. Thankfully, these highly trained, experienced professionals know how to overcome even the most adverse conditions to make their deliveries safely.