Winter is still hitting us with plenty of surprises. If you are on the road in your truck before the season loses its steam, there are many steps you can take to stay safe. While much of the chance for snow has passed (and we’ve written about snow storms in our previous posts) the threat of freezing rain and that wintery mix remains.
Be Careful on Bridges and Black Ice
Build up of ice can happen anywhere, but especially on bridges, elevated surfaces, and overpasses. These areas may not be salted and will freeze faster than regular roads. With that in mind, always approach with extreme caution. Regardless of where you are on the road, black ice can present a serious danger. When roads are wet, it can be difficult to differentiate between liquid and ice. One way to get a better idea of what you’re dealing with is to keep an eye out for spray off of other cars and tires. If you don’t see spray, but the roads appear wet, you will know you’re looking at black ice.
Brake Slowly and Stay Far Back
Throughout the winter it’s best to practice safe braking regardless of the precipitation. If you accelerate and brake slowly, you’ll reduce the chances of losing control. Additionally, it will make you better able to react to others on the road. When combined with leaving a larger following distance, taking things slowly will help prevent problems.
Watch Your Speed And Grip
In the rain, sleet, and snow the risk of losing control and hydroplaning is much higher, which is why being more aware of your command of the wheel and your speed is critical. While you will want to maintain a safe speed for the area you are in, you also don’t want to go too fast and risk accidents.
Regardless of the time of year, you should keep your truck stocked for any type of emergency. Having extra food, water, jumper cables, blankets, washer fluid, and a flashlight is essential every season. In winter, you’ll want to add to your list with a snow scraper and brush, tire chains, a bag of salt or sand, gloves, and plenty of extra layers.
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