‘Last mile shipping’ is a crucial talking point for distribution business and e-commerce centers. While giants like Amazon and major shipping companies have largely figured out how to speed up their general shipping routes, it’s the last mile or two that are tripping up efficiency. But when you’re in the driver’s seat, that last mile is more than a logistic crunch point. It’s where local laws, last-minute route changes, and urban traffic jams can ruin your schedule. Keep your last mile safe this summer by keeping these three seasonal factors in mind:
1. School zones are in effect and under construction.
School zones are always a problem if you have to drive through a town while school is starting up or letting out. Not only does traffic crawl to a standstill when you’re so close to finishing your route, teenagers are on the road. But during the summer, school zones are even more hectic. The roads are under construction for routine repairs or lane extensions. Crews will be out on the road, and teenagers will be driving in the area for summer school, band practice, and orientation. Stay extra vigilant, even when the lights aren’t blinking.
2. There are lots of tourists.
Summer means tourists. You’ve probably encountered them on the interstates, especially as you drive to coastal destinations. But tourists in urban and suburban areas are more likely to make wrong turns, slow down to verify street names, and act unpredictably. Keep your liability low by keeping an eye out for out-of-state plates.
3. Sunlight is a bigger problem.
Dawn and dusk last a long time in July and August. If you’re on the road when the sun is sitting on the horizon, that means your car’s visor won’t help. Always have a pair of sunglasses handy, and make sure your rearview mirrors are arranged so you can see behind you without a glare.
Taking extra precautions when there are seasonal risks make you a safer driver, and safer drivers have lower insurance premiums. Go to J.E.B. Insurance Services, LLC. for more ways to keep a clean driving record and to see if you can find better insurance with us. We provide commercial truck insurance in the states of Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska.