Winter is just around the corner for most of the country. Ice, rain, fog and slippery roads pose a big risk for the brave truck drivers. To face these challenges head on, it is important that you plan your trip in advance and get a head start, in addition to the following tips to stay safe this winter season:
- Drivers should dress appropriately for winter by wearing loose and lightweight thermal clothing. They should always wear a hat that covers their ears, a thick coat, gloves and waterproof insulated boots. We recommend that you always be prepared for the worst possible winter weather. Remember that the weather is very variable and lately meteorologists are not very accurate with their weather forecasts.
- Perform a thorough pre-trip inspection, including the heater and defroster, before beginning your trip.
- Periodically clean all mirrors and lights. Accumulation of snow and ice or salt fog on the road will significantly dim the brightness of your lights and your ability to be seen by other drivers.
- Slow down! Drive at a speed that allows you to have control of your truck and ensures you to stop and maneuver in a controlled manner.
- Maintain a following distance of at least eight seconds to give yourself more time to stop and maneuver.
- Never overestimate your driving ability or your vehicle´s ability to perform beyond its safety or traction capacity limitations.
- Drive defensively and keep your eyes on the road and your surroundings to anticipate emergencies. Always be prepared for erratic and uncontrolled driving by other drivers.
- Avoid sharp turns, stops or accelerations.
- Leave enough distance when following road maintenance and cleaning equipment.
- You should be aware of ice and black ice, especially on bridges, overpasses and parking lots.
- Be especially careful on hills and be prepared to stop. Traffic may be backed up on the other side and the road may be slippery.
- Don´t take unnecessary risks. If conditions are too dangerous to drive, pull off the road at the first safe location and contact your dispatcher.
I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.
Have a nice day and a safe trip.
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