Among the challenges that a driver of a tandem axle trailer may face in one of his or her road trips is driving at night in a suburban area away from the main road. If this happens, limited visibility might be the major problem that even an experienced trailer driver would have to deal with. Here are safety tips when driving at night.
Tip #1 – Use the trailer’s high beam lights for guidance
One of the basic rules when driving at night when there’s poor visibility on the road, particularly in dim lit suburban areas, use the tandem axle trailer’s high beam lights. Don’t forget to dim your high beam lights when for any oncoming vehicle, so they will not cause a glaring effect on the other driver. On the other hand, if you are driving behind another vehicle use your low beam lights. In case you will be driving during a foggy night, I strongly advise you use the fog lights and low beam lights.
Tip #2 – Be on guard for approaching high speed vehicles
A professional driver should be alert for any unexpected event that may occur while driving at night, such as a vehicle approaching high speed. You might be caught off guard and it causes you to swing or lose control and this may lead to a major road accident.
Tip #3 – Take a break when you feel fatigued
It’s normal for drivers on long distance trips to experience a feeling of fatigue. If you are really exhausted and feel the tension in your hands, shoulder blades and leg muscles, it’s time to take that much needed break. Make sure you find the nearest parking zone area and park safely. You can do some stretching to ease those aching joints and muscles. If you know you will be driving for extended hours on an upcoming road trip with you tandem axle trailer, I recommend you have enough sleep. Keep in mind a well-rested body will give you the strength and mental alertness needed to ensure you are safe on the road.
Tip #4 – Scan your surroundings
A professionally trained driver of a tandem axle trailer should take time scanning his or her surroundings while driving at night. Make it a habit of checking regularly for cars or people on the road. Look for signs warning you not to take a particular road, like a dead end.
Tip #5 – Stay calm
One of the causes of road accidents is angry or irritated drivers. If you want to ensure you don’t end up in a heated argument with another trailer driver, stay calm even if you are caught in a long traffic jam on the main road or highway.
Driving in the middle of a foggy night in a quiet suburban or rural area with unusual terrain can be very challenging. But if you plan for this route ahead of time and are prepared for the worst to happen, like being stranded, you have nothing to worry about. Driving at night is a challenge but is part of every professional driver’s road journeys.