Trucker tips to fully prepare for winter driving
For truckers, driving in the winter can be extremely difficult. Depending on where you’re driving, the weather may not even allow you being on the road.
It’s important to be proactive with safety this time of year, as you don’t want to endanger yourself and the 4-wheelers you share the road with.
Here are a couple of factors you should take into consideration when driving in the winter:
Planning ahead of time is, by far, the most important aspect of driving in the winter. Unless you’re driving around Southern California, you’re most likely going to be affected by some kind of adverse weather conditions.
Because of that, you should be mindful when planning your trip. While it may seem like common sense, make sure that you check for weekly weather forecasts.
While experienced drivers may already be well acquainted with the areas they drive through, it’s always important to double-check. Realistically, scanning your smartphone shouldn’t take very long.
If you’re not a smartphone user, then keeping up with your CB radio is your best bet. Make sure you’re aware of the necessary channels to receive weather updates, as fellow drivers are usually more than willing to provide their peers with useful information.
Another factor you’d like to keep up with is traffic. The fact of the matter is that accidents become more frequent in the wintertime, which can be a huge setback for drivers.
By planning well ahead of time, you can add some extra wiggle room in your schedule to account for accidents. The less time your wheels are moving also means less cash in your pocket, so by planning ahead of time, you can protect your bottom line.
Additionally, make sure you and your truck are prepared to take on the tough conditions. Supplies such as bags of sand or salt, tire chains, snow scrapers, flashlights, rain clothes, gloves, and windshield fluid, will come in handy at some point.
Again, by staying prepared ahead of time, you can ensure that everything runs as smooth as possible.
Another important aspect is driving safely. Paying attention to every aspect of your driving is paramount to avoiding incidents in the winter. Things like slowing down, keeping a firm grip on the wheel, and allowing space between you and other vehicles can go a long way.
Subsequently, you should also try your best to avoid driving at night. Driving with little-to-no lighting makes driving in the winter insanely brutal. Of course, it isn’t always easy to avoid such situations when you’re dealing with shippers and receivers, but avoiding black ice and other hazardous weather conditions are much more difficult at night.
So what do you think about driving in the winter? What’s your plan for being prepared? Let us know in the comments or on social media!
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