by Vicki Simons
Truckers should "stay prepared."
That's the big takeaway from the huge winter storm
that afflicted the southeastern USA yesterday and today.
When travel on some roads is at a full standstill, there's no place to
* go get a bite to eat or
* use the restroom.
If for no other reason, we recommend that OTR truckers have provisions packed in their trucks for times like these.
Among the provisions that appeared on our packing list
when we drove coast-to-coast or regionally were:
* a means to keep cold food cold (we eventually opted for an ice chest
* a portable toilet
Of course, having a stash of foods
in one's truck and a device in which to cook
them is also recommended.
We always packed gallons of fresh water with us for drinking, cooking and cleaning.
We wonder if any truckers stranded in the late January storm idled
In the face of impending bad weather, we recommend making sure that all fuel tanks are filled ahead of time.
There are other items in a suggested emergency kit
and first aid kit
that may come in handy if you're stranded.
You never know when some travel conditions will turn so bad that you can't move for a while. It is best to stay prepared -- just in case.