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Winter Weather Driving & Truck Drivers

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Winter can be full of fun activities with family, sledding, snowball fights, snowmen, and cozy fires. But when it comes to winter driving we face hazardous road conditions along with drivers that lack winter driving experience. Here are some tips to help keep you safe when driving this winter.

Drive Appropriately for the Conditions

This time of year we see an increase in jack-knife and roll-over accidents, both of which can be attributed to driving too fast for conditions. Maintaining a safe speed will reduce the chances of having one of these accidents. Many drivers on the road are not skilled in driving in icy and snowy conditions, so it’s important to manage the space around your vehicle. Keeping space around your vehicle will minimize the chances of someone sliding into you.  Since stopping distance is negatively affected in icy conditions it is also important to increase your following distance.

Act Like a Boy Scout

“Be Prepared” is the boyscout motto, and it’s a great one for truck drivers as well, especially when driving in winter conditions. Knowing that temperatures and conditions can change from cold to freezing quickly, it is imperative to have proper gear on-hand. Be sure to have enough bedding and clothing to stay warm if you get stuck and can’t idle your truck. It’s also a good idea to store some water and non-perishable food in case of an emergency. Don’t forget your first aid kit either. Help may be a little further away in bad weather.

Know What You Are Getting Into

Regularly check weather and road conditions for the areas where you will be driving. Watch for weather advisories and especially any storms with names. Knowing what lies ahead will enable you to adjust your plans if needed and give others advance notice that you may be late.

Be Sure You Can Chain.

winter-driving-chainingIf you’re unsure of how to chain a truck, our drivers are encouraged to stop by one of our terminals and we’ll show you how.  And be sure to check that your chains are in good condition.  You never know when the weather will deteriorate and you will need to chain up in order to get to a safe location.

We want you to be safe this winter season, and to return to those that are waiting for you.  Remember – the most important stop is home.

Posted by intd on February 9, 2016 |