Having a commercial vehicle has its advantages. You have plenty of room to organize all of your tools, paperwork, and equipment. If you’re in the market of selling a service, a vehicle that has been commercially upfitted allows you to travel easily to customers and prospects to show them exactly what you’re selling, making it more convenient for them.
However, traveling safely (especially when you’re traveling with quite a bit of expensive equipment) is important. The following are some safety tips to keep in mind.
5 Tips for Traveling Safer
#1 – Make sure everything is properly secured.
There’s a reason why commercial upfits come with custom shelving, adjustable racks, drawers, and more. However, it is a moot point if you don’t do your own due diligence to make sure that everything is properly secured.
#2 – Always leave your vehicle locked.
Even if you’re in what you think is a safe neighborhood, the last thing you want is someone (or something) getting into your vehicle. Be diligent about keeping doors locked, items out of view, and windows rolled up.
#3 – Be sure your tires are in good, working condition.
Tires are one of the most important parts of your safety on the road. Especially if you’re mobile, you’ll want to make sure that there is plenty of tread on your tires. Be on the lookout for underinflated tires as well.
#4 – Be aware of noise in your commercial upfit.
Believe it or not, it is important to reduce any noise coming from your commercial upfit as a way to improve your safety on the road. Noises can be distracting, and it can cause you to not hear other things that are happening outside of your vehicle. Many commercial upfits have a separate cabin that doesn’t allow you to look behind you as easily to see what the traffic is doing. Therefore, take steps to be sure that all of your tools and equipment are secure, and consider installing sound-deadening panels to help quiet the ride.
#5 – Check your exhaust system.
One of the first places you may notice trouble in any vehicle is from the exhaust system. Be sure to keep up with oil changes, and regular tune-ups to help maintain a safe, quiet ride!