Truckers drive the road every day, and most do so with safety in mind. That said, driving on dry, even roads is a much different beast than driving over icy winter roads. When the weather takes a turn, driving demands rise, requiring a different skill set. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t alter the way that they drive and accidents happen.
Driving in bad weather is risky. It is harder to see, and traction is poorer. If you are a trucker, here are some tips to get you through this season safely.
1. Slow Down
The best thing you can do to keep yourself and everyone on the road safe is to slow down. Most at-fault accidents are due to excessive speed. Yes, driving at the speed limit is legal, even in the winter, but it may not be the safest option. If the roads are slick with rain or snow, slow down and take as much time as you need to get where you are going.
2. Following Distance
Getting behind an overly-cautious driver can be aggravating, especially in states that experience snow every winter. No matter how irritated you are by the driver in front of you, keep a safe following distance. If possible, you should keep a distance of about a quarter mile between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
3. Go It Alone
It seems that traffic travels in a group along the highway. It’s an odd phenomenon, but one that happens more and more in winter weather. Your safest bet is to go it alone. Try to get away from the pack as much as possible, and place distance between your rig and the vehicles around you. This gives you plenty of room to maneuver should you need to do so.
4. Get Off the Road
This is a tip that most drivers don’t follow. If the conditions dictate that you pull off the road and wait for the weather to pass, do it. It is tempting to push on so that you can arrive at your destination at a designated time, but you may not arrive at all if you are in a serious collision.
5. Routine Checks
Check your vehicle before you get on the road. Do your circle check and make sure that brakes, heaters, wipers, defrosters and all other components of your truck are in proper working order. Make sure that your windows, lights and mirrors are cleared of any dirt or snow. Don’t be in such a hurry to get on the road that you fail to ensure the safety of your vehicle. Making sure that your truck is road ready is one of the safest things you can do.
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