Tips for Working Like a Pro While on the Road: What Your Field Service Business Needs to Know

If you’re driving all day for your job, it’s important to be productive and make the most of your time. Here are some tips for getting work done while driving:

  1. Make a plan. Know what you need to accomplish during your drive and plan for how you’ll do it. This will help you stay focused and avoid distractions. Fortunately, routes can be integrated and planned out via Google Maps using today’s advanced GPS tracking programs so it’s possible to plan, see who is at what job, and track progress in real time. Indeed, sophisticated GPS systems are a previously undiscovered “WOW need” for service companies. At present, some companies already use GPS tracking for their fleets while others don’t consider themselves to be at the stage where a GPS system is necessary. However, once they realize that GPS can be integrated into technology-based solutions with no additional equipment or contracts, they are sold on using it.
  2. Use your time wisely. Don’t spend your entire drive on email or social media; use that time to get work done. It’s important to take breaks. Get out of the car and move around every few hours to stay alert and focused. Make sure your focus is always on the road. Don’t try to do work that requires a lot of concentration or eye contact (like typing). Turn off your phone or use Bluetooth, keep the radio off, and don’t talk to passengers unless it’s necessary. Be aware of your surroundings and always keep an eye out.
  3. Take breaks. Get up and move around occasionally, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will help keep you fresh and focused. Many places now offer Wi-Fi, which can be a great way to stay productive while driving. If you need to do some work, check the Wi-Fi availability of nearby stops and plan your route accordingly.  There are plenty of resources online for remote workers, such as this list of the best websites for remote work.
  4. Stay organized. Keep your materials and tools organized and within reach, so you can work quickly and efficiently. One option is to work from your truck. You can install a small office in your truck or use a laptop stand to create a comfortable workspace. If you’re driving in a rural area, you may even be able to find a spot where you can pull over and get some work done. Just make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and don’t get distracted while driving.
  5. Use technology. If possible, use a hands-free device or voice recognition software to help you stay productive while driving. Today’s advanced technology helps field service workers be more productive on the road and investing some time into the best options and ways to use technology to your advantage is time well spent. It’s essential to stay connected with your team and let them know what you’re working on. This will help keep everyone coordinated and on track. You can also use tools like Slack or Asana to stay organized and communicate with your team.
  6. Prepare for emergencies. It’s essential for field service employees to know their limits. Don’t try to do too much while driving; it’s important to stay safe. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break and come back to it later. There’s no shame in admitting that driving isn’t the best time for many types of work. Have a plan B. In case of emergencies or unexpected delays and have that plan B ready to go. You can’t be too careful!

No matter how you choose to work, it’s important to be organized and stay focused. The more productive you can be while driving, the better. Following these tips can help you stay productive while driving, making the most of your time on the road.

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