Getting around the center of big cities can be very difficult and demanding. Congested streets, pedestrians, bicycles, badly parked vehicles are countless things we have to be aware of.
To reduce the stress that all the above can generate, the first thing you have to do as a truck driver is to think ahead and plan your trip in the best way possible to arrive on time and deliver your cargo. Should some situations arise and delay your arrival, try to always maintain communication with your company and report the situation.
If you have to pass through the downtown of a large city, we recommend to be properly prepared before entering in the city. Draw a plan to get to the city during the hours with less congestion of the streets. For example, a very good option is to arrive during early hours. This way you can avoid the nightmare of driving in difficult conditions and avoid the risk of being exposed to accidents.
To prepare the ground well, use map applications such as Google Maps or other GPS applications, to help you visualize the streets, entrances and exits, and ease potential difficulties such as the journey’s end point or planning where to park and sleep.
This planning fits well with the incorporation of the ELD, since it is very convenient to arrive at unloading places, rest your 10 hours and to continue working after the delivery.
However, there will be times that not everything will go as we wish. There will be occasions we cannot avoid, even if everything was perfectly planned. In that case, relax and do not lose control. Don’t be scared if you face a complicated situation, it doesn’t matter. In the case you interrupt traffic, do not panic, it does not matter if you must stop and park your vehicle until you can figure out what to do. If people get angry, don’t worry and let them wait. Whatever happens, know the complexity of the situation and keep control because many drivers don’t have an idea as to what it’s like to maneuver a large vehicle.