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Tips for Driving a Truck on Snowy Roads

Tips for Driving a Truck on Snowy Roads



Driving a truck with a trailer in icy conditions demands specific skills from all professional truck drivers. When facing snowy or icy roads, adapting your driving style becomes crucial. Below are six tips to help you safely handle the roads in frozen conditions.


1. Reduce Speed:
• Speed is critical in accidents, particularly in snowy or icy conditions. Even if the speed limit allows it, driving too fast on snow-covered or icy roads is risky. Take time, avoid rushing, and pay close attention to snowy or rainy roads. Remember that there are many innocent people on the road.

2. Maintain a Safe Distance from Front Vehicles:
• Leave sufficient space between your truck and the vehicle in front. This distance will help you react in case of an emergency. Ensure you are driving with minimal company on other lanes.
• Be sure to follow the vehicle´s taillights, especially when visibility is low due to intense fog.

3. Know Your Limits in Cold Weather Driving:
• Understanding your limits is crucial for staying safe. Never push beyond those limits.
• If driving in inclement weather, such as snowfall, heavy rain, or frozen roads, makes you nervous, consider parking. Call your dispatch and reschedule your delivery appointment. A nervous trucker can be very dangerous.
• Carry a bag of cat litter under your bunk. Hot tires can turn snow into ice rapidly. Sprinkling cat litter under the tires provides additional traction to help you keep moving.

4. Pre-Trip Inspections:
• In the winter season, pre-trip inspections become even more critical. Ensure a thorough check.
• Verify that you have specialized windshield washer fluid, check that your defrost vents are working well to clear the windows, confirm you have chains for tires in good condition for emergency use, check all your lights for proper functioning, and inspect the wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition.

Remember, safety comes first. If conditions are hazardous, exercise your right to halt operations until the weather improves. Stay cautious and keep the roads safe!
 


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Edic.: 200
Autor: Juan Peña
Date: 3/2024


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