Trip planning and journey management are essential processes for professional truck drivers to address transportation-related safety risks and to improve upon on-time deliveries.
Research conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) points to human error as the cause of nearly 94% of all serious crashes. By using proper trip planning and journey management tools, drivers may be able to reduce the risk of being involved in a serious crash that involves driver error.
A well-planned trip can positively impact a driver’s stress level, profitability, safety, reliability, and reputation. On the other hand, bad or no trip planning can have a negative impact in the same areas.
Proper trip planning and journey management can help a driver to avoid:
Effective trip planning essentials should include:
Remember, trip planning and journey management don’t stop when you finally arrive at your destination. A delivery site may be congested and have confusing or no signage to direct drivers. Research your destination so you know the entrances and exits, dock areas, receiving areas, etc.
Always remember… safety first!