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Toll Free: 800-832-7278
Local Phone: 410-685-4474
2723 Annapolis Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21230


Safe Driving in Winter

Should You Be Worried About Self-Driving Trucks?The weather is unpredictable in Maryland, but especially in the winter. That is why, as a truck driver, it’s best to prepare for the worst. Fortunately, there are several guidelines to help you drive safely. Here are some things you can do to make sure that you get to where you are going safely, even in winter weather.

Increase Visibility

First, it is important that you have a good view of the road. Make sure that all of your lights are functional and turned on. You should also clean off ice and snow from your windows, mirrors, lights, and reflective tape as often as you can. When on the road, keep an eye out for other smaller vehicles that could be hidden by a plume of road spray or powdered snow. In general, your goal should be to stay aware of your surroundings.

Road Hazards

In nasty winter weather, there will be an increase of road hazards. Have caution when using the entrance and exit ramps on the highway. And make sure you look out for icy roads, especially on sharp turns. Bridges are almost always the first thing to freeze in winter weather, so be careful when you drive on them. Another hazard that people don’t think of until they are in a large truck is the wind. High winds can be hazardous, especially when you have an empty trailer. Brace yourself for some shaking when you are on an open highway or come up from behind a hill.

Watch Traffic

It’s not safe to assume that all cars will behave properly in inclement weather. You should drive defensively, and keep an eye on traffic to avoid reckless driving or another car that might accidentally skid into your lane. A good rule of thumb is to maintain a following distance of at least seven seconds. Also, give yourself plenty of time to brake at lights and stop signs in case your truck starts to slide.

Baltimore Freightliner-Western for all Your Trucking Needs!

Whether you are looking to upgrade your fleet to tow trucks or simply interested in the latest trucking technology, you can rely on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. We have provided top-notch service for the trucking industry for 30 years and would love to assist you in buying a new top-of-the-line truck, finding the specialty parts you need, or repairing your truck. Give us a call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474, or contact us online. To find out more about what we are up to, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is an award-winning, authorized dealer for new and used medium-duty and heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Sprinter Vans. We also provide expert service repair for Detroit Diesel, Cummins, Caterpillar, and Mercedes-Benz engines.
2723 Annapolis Rd