Cold weather can be rough, especially for trucking. The roads are bad, and it can wreak havoc on your rig. Even though wintertime isn’t the best to be on the road, fortunately, there are some ways that you can be prepared. Here is what you should do to get ready for winter.
There’s a list of things that every trucker should have with them for winter traveling. For example, bungee cord, tire chains, and burlap are essential for getting unstuck from snow, as well as a window scraper that’s long enough to reach the windshield. The key is to start buying these things now before the snow starts falling because cold weather can hit fast. Also, you should prepare yourself with a cold-weather emergency kit in case you get stranded. Pack blankets, boots, a flashlight, and reflective vest, and even a change of clothes and extra food.
Check Your Engine
Really, your truck should be at the top of your priority list when preparing for cold weather. Often, a diesel engine has a bad habit of seizing up in winter weather, so it’s good to look into what type of antifreeze gel to use to prevent this. Speaking of antifreeze, make sure that your truck is well stocked, and you should have the coolant system, and hoses checked before the weather sets in. Lastly, consider bringing emergency fuel so that you’ll have one less risk of getting stuck on the side of the road.
Take Your Time
The most important thing you can do to keep yourself safe while driving in the winter is to give yourself plenty of time. In cold weather, try to start your trip earlier than usual. Cold-weather driving tends to slow everything down, and you can keep to your schedule without having to rush or worry about getting behind. After all, speeding is a big mistake on icy roads.
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