Spring is rolling in and it is time to lighten the load and breathe in the fresh air. Although it is important for drivers to be prepared for any situation and have the proper attire and equipment in the truck, there is a difference between being prepared and over-packing or hoarding. Over-the-road drivers are out for weeks at a time and can travel to opposite sides of the country in a trip, so it is difficult to know what should be kept in the truck and what can be left at home.
There are several benefits to keeping a clean and organized truck. Having a clean truck will help your mood and hygiene. Uncluttering will not only be better for you, but also better for customers. Every truck has a hauling capacity; in Melton’s case, we promise our customers that we can haul 48,000 pounds. Your empty weight should not take away from this amount. If it does you will have to pitch something anyway, so might as well get to decide what you pitch and when you pitch it. So take the initiative and start your spring cleaning. Every driver has a specific way of organizing his or her belongings and it is important for you to find what works best for you.
Some drivers have pet riders on the truck. Since the winter months probably caused your companion to grow out their hair, it is probably necessary to vacuum and deodorize your cab. Having a pet rider can make those long hauls more enjoyable; so it is nice that some companies, like Melton, are pet friendly trucking companies. However, to make the most of your travels together, it is important to keep your truck clean for you and your rider.
If you feel like your truck is cluttered or messy, take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and clean it out. An easy way to start the cleaning process is to toss out at least one thing that you don’t need every time you stop—especially any trash or food. Another important tip for lightening your load is to transition from your heavy winter gear to your lighter spring gear. When you stop by the house, think about all the things you will need for your next trip. Know how long you will be out on the road and only pack what you’ll need for the trip; you can always get more next time you are home or do laundry when you are at a terminal or truck stop. You should always be prepared for any type of weather or situation, but try to pack as lightly as possible.
There are many ways to organize and unclutter your truck and you will need to find what works best for you. Remember, be prepared for anything but keep your truck light, clean, and organized.