Sleeping with the windows down
We again return to CDL Life and find an article about a driver who parked and rolled his windows half way down. First off, who the heck in the day is sleeping with their windows open at all? Folks, this isn't 1952. People could get in your truck but so could the creature in this article, a western diamondback rattlesnake. Fortunately, the snake was seen crawling around near the open window by the driver before he fell asleep. I guess I don't understand leaving your window down to sleep. A snake could be the least of your problems getting in. Perhaps this driver worked for a company that would not let them idle. I have no idea who would work for these places but OK. The only reason they can do that to you is because you allow it. The moral of the story is this: Keep your windows closed while you are sleeping!
Now more than ever, with everything that is happening, it is so important to document what happened. One way to do that is with a good quality dash cam. It is your silent partner, your eyes that never close. Check out the dash cam that I use every day right HERE.
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Safety While Sleeping
In a recent post on CDLLife, a woman recounts an incident in which her truck was broken in to while she slept inside IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. She says she heard nothing which is amazing. Please, be careful sleeping out there. There are numerous ways to secure your doors and this is what I always did. I got 2 of the black bungees that are flat, not the round stretchy ones. The thick flat ones that don't have as much give. I got long ones. I would put it through the door handle and attach it to the bottom of the seat in the back of it. Tight. This way if someone pulls on the door it gets tighter. I would also hang a bell from the handle. Get a small cowbell or kitchen bell and attach a wire to it. Hang it from the handle. If the door is moved the sound will alert you and the bungee will slow someone down even if it doesn't prevent them from getting in. It will give you time, a fighting chance. Remember where you attached the bungees because in a fire you will need to remove them quickly or your secure truck will become your coffin. Some people stretch a strap between the door handles to attach them to each other but I think that is too complicated to remove in an emergency. By the way, this is not just for the ladies. Everyone should be safe out there and anyone can be the victim of a crime.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.