Harsh and unpredictable winter weather conditions can sneak up on even the most seasoned truckers. It’s important to not let inclement weather catch you off guard. Winter demands an increase in driving skills, awareness, and preparedness in order to be as safe as possible. These tips for truckers will help make winter driving as safe as possible.
Visibility Is Key To Winter Safety
– Make Sure your lights are functional and on.
-Clean ice and snow off of mirrors, windows, lights, and reflective tape regularly to make sure that they are useable.
-Be aware of your surroundings. Look out for other vehicles that may be small, have less visibility, or be obscured by a cloud of powdered snow. Always be aware of your surroundings in front of, behind, and around your vehicle.
Be Aware Of Roadway Dangers
-Be more cautious than usual on entrance and exit ramps. Avoid sharp turns on slick or icy roads.
-Bridges are the first to freeze and can be even more slippery than regular roads. Exercise caution.
-Brake early for stop signs and red lights, as intersections can be incredibly icy.
-Be careful of the wind. Especially if you have an empty trailer, extra caution and awareness are required. Be prepared for it in large open areas or when you come out from behind a hill.
Be Prepared For Traffic
-While truckers know how to handle winter weather, the general public is not. If you are in an area that is experiencing its first storm of the season, be especially careful.
-Maintaining a good following distance of 7-14 seconds is key.
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