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Truck Driver Tips - Driving in Winter Conditions

We are starting to see snowfalls across the country, some mild and some a little more than expected. Diving through the highways in this conditions can be nerve wrecking. But there are things you can do as the driver to make sure you make it to your destination safe.

Know your driving limits.

Before you take on the challenge on icy and snow covered roads, be true to yourself on your skills for driving in these poor conditions. Remember is not only you out there, there will be hundreds of cars and other semi trucks. If you don't feel prepared make sure you get enough practice with a more experienced driver or with a professional trainer.

Stopping or slowing down in the highway.

Always know when it is getting too much for you, if you are tired driving though a snowfall, STOP. Stop in a safe dedicated place on the road or a truck stop and get some rest, or wait for the weather conditions to improve. If you can go on, slow down. Speed limits are often too fast for snow icy or snow covered roads. Take your time, its better be at your destination bit late, than getting into potential accident on the highway.

Distance between vehicles.

Keep your distance between cars and trucks, leave room in between the vehicle in front of you and your bumper. Preferably, get away from car packs, and travel alone. This way you have room to maneuver or break in case you need to, with out putting someone else at risk.

Working lights can safe lives.

Make sure all your lights are in working order, and are clean and visible for other drivers on the road. If you have LED lights these tend to accumulate more snow and dirt as they don't heat up as normal bulbs.

Communication is key.

Communicate with your office or dispatcher, let them know about the road conditions, and to expect a delay. Also its important to let them know you will be in touch, as driving with a phone ringing all the time might increase your stress levels. Be clear with your communications, let them know when you will be touching base, don't let your office or dispatchers guessing, as they may worry about your safety as well.

Dispatcher might also have information for you for the roads up ahead. It's important to check with them for information you may not be able to access with you are on the road.

Breaks and roads.

Other important note is not to use your Jake brake when you face icy roads. Avoid using your foot break, unless is a straight road, because if you are facing a curvy road your trailer may spin and slide to the side of your truck, as the truck will slow down but not the trailer.

Remember to be EXTRA Careful if your trailer is EMPTY.

PREPARE YOUR TRUCK FOR ANY EMERGENCY, make sure you have the following items in your truck to be prepared for a highway emergency:

  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Fire extinguisher

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