North America has four major deserts: the Great Basin, Mohave, Chihuahuan, and Sonoran. Driving through these deserts as a trucker can be dangerous, and it’s crucial to be as prepared as possible. Continue reading for five important desert driving tips that all truck drivers should know before driving through the Southwest states.
Cold and Hot Temperatures
While most people associate deserts with being extremely hot, they often also have cold winters that reach freezing temperatures. A desert is unlike any place on earth and experiences extreme temperature changes. When driving through a desert, you should be prepared for both extremes of hot and freezing weather.
Beware Of Hot Metal
If the sun is blazing while you’re driving through the desert, beware of touching the outside of your truck. Scorching desert UV rays can actually overheat metal truck and trailer parts and cause significant burns to skin.
No Cell Service
When driving through an isolated desert, it’s very possible that there will be no cell phone service. This is very important to know beforehand, as truckers will need a backup plan to call for help if their truck breaks down or they get lost without access to a GPS. Be sure to stick to your planned route, and make sure your manager is fully aware of the route you are taking. If they do not hear from you, they have a better chance of being able to locate your truck if anything happens. Also, you should carry a PLB, Personal Locator Beacon, to send out a personalized emergency distress signal to the nearest rescue service.
Fill Up The Fuel Tanks
Gas stations and truck stops are very spread out in the desert, so it’s essential to fill up your fuel tanks to avoid having to rely on local refueling. Also, take a look at the GPS or online map to make a note of all gas stations and truck stops along your route, so you know always know how far you are from the next possible stop.
Carry These Essential Items
A trucker should always have essential items in their truck at all times, such as food, non-perishable food, extra clothing, and a flashlight. Other essential items to take on a trip through the dessert include a first aid kit, toolbox, jumper cables, safety gear, blanket, sunscreen, road flares, and waterproof matches or a lighter.
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