Three Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Job-Site-Ready

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By Alison Stanton

As you're already likely aware, driving your vehicle to and from as well as within construction sites is not the same as commuting to the office. Of course, these locations can be inherently dangerous, requiring you to maneuver around heavy equipment, through muddy conditions and to avoid fellow employees.

In addition, some of the sites may be quite a distance from your office, which means you'll be putting a number of miles on your vehicle. Ensuring your vehicle is job-site-ready requires some preparation, so here are three tips to get you started.

1. Invest in Dependable Tires

To properly prepare your vehicle for a slippery and muddy construction site, start off by ensuring you have a set of four rugged tires. From there, you'll want to set up a routine maintenance schedule that involves checking the tires for any wear or rot.

Construction sites are notorious for having loose nails, broken glass and other tools and equipment that can puncture tires. So, before heading to or leaving a construction site, check your tires for any signs of damage.

You'll also want to keep a quarter in your glove box to use for helping you gauge the depth of your tire tread. Brand new tires have a tread depth of around 10/32 of an inch. Once your tires wear down to 2/32 of an inch, they're considered to be worn.

If you find you need new tires, consider checking out an online retailer like TireBuyer.com, which offers a wide selection of rugged tires at affordable prices. Best of all, you can have these tires delivered directly to your office.

2. Keep High-Visibility Jackets in the Trunk

To ensure you stay safe at the construction site, ORR Safety suggests wearing a high-visibility vest or jacket at all times. The jacket should be fluorescent in color and have reflective strips on the front and back.

Because this apparel is likely to get wet and/or muddy, you'll want to buy an extra pair or two to keep you out of harm's way while your dirty supply gets cleaned. Upon arriving at the construction site, make it a strict company rule that employees wear either a jacket or vest at all times.

3. Pack a First-Aid Kit and Blankets

Knowing safety is your No. 1 priority at a job site, your foremen and other leaders should always keep a first-aid kit on hand. Of course, accidents can occur at any time, and even the most careful employees can get injured from time to time.

In addition to having a well-stocked first-aid kit, you might also want to invest in a few rescue blankets. For example, Amazon sells a foil mylar rescue blanket that can keep an injured employee safe and secure until help arrives.

By maintaining your vehicle and stocking it with key, essential safety items, it should be able to handle just about anything thrown its way on a construction site. Ultimately, being proactive about safety can help keep you and your employees out of harm's way.

Alison Stanton has been a freelance writer for the past 18 years. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., she thoroughly enjoys writing about a wide variety of people and topics. When she is not writing, Stanton can be found hanging out with her family — which includes three wonderful rescue dogs — and sipping a caffeinated beverage from Starbucks.

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