Driving a fleet truck can be challenging in regular road conditions, but winter weather can complicate things much more. Whether you are dealing with ice, high winds, or snow, it can be a huge help to know how to prepare. Here are some tips for driving safely in winter weather.
In any condition, the first step to driving safely is to keep an eye on your speed. Generally, inclement weather means that you can go just under the speed limit if need be. I large fleet truck takes much longer to slow down because of its momentum, especially on roads that are slick with ice. Because of this, you should also increase your following distance behind other vehicles to avoid the risk of rear-ending another car if you can’t stop in time.
Staying in Control
Once you lower your speed, it will be much easier to keep your vehicle under control, even in slippery road conditions. It’s important to be aware of your grip on the steering wheel as well. This small detail can make a big difference if you start going out of control. Try not to wrap your thumbs around the steering wheel, because they can get in the way if you need to make a hard turn and you could even injure yourself. Of course, hard turns are for emergencies only; you should turn and brake as gently as possible to prevent skidding.
As a rule, you should always have a certain amount of supplies in your truck to prepare you for emergencies. Especially in winter, you should be prepared in case you get stranded on the side of the road. Some of the supplies you should bring include food and water, a flashlight, jumper cables, and of course, blankets.
Ice buildup is one of the biggest factors in inclement winter weather on the road. It helps to know which areas are the most icy and dangerous. Those places would include bridges, overpasses, and other elevated ground because it is not salted as often to prevent freezing. Especially after sleet or freezing rain, you should make sure to drive extra careful on these roads. Black ice is deceptive because it blends in with the road, and you won’t know it’s there until you hit it. Driving at a safe speed will prevent skidding and hydroplaning if you run across black ice.
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