Winter is here for most of the United States. Being prepared for winter driving conditions should be the top priority. Actively preparing you and your truck for winter is crucial for keeping your costs down and staying safe in the cold winter conditions. Follow the winter weather driving tips for truckers, so you and your truck are ready – winter is here.
- Make sure your vehicle is in good condition before beginning your journey. Check your tires, fluids, brakes, and all other important components.
- Slow down and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Winter roads are much more treacherous than normal.
- Pack plenty of warm clothing and blankets in case you get stuck in the snow.
- Carry an emergency kit with food, water, and other supplies in case you need to wait out a storm.
- Check the weather forecast before you start your trip, and plan the route accordingly.
- If the roads are very icy or snowy, consider taking an alternate route or delaying your trip.
- Be aware of other drivers, and stay alert for black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses.
- If you start to skid, take your foot off the gas and steer toward the skid.
- Keep an eye out for snow plows, and give them plenty of room on the road.
- Winterize your diesel fuel.
- Get enough sleep and eat right so that you give yourself the best chance to operate at a high level, both physically and mentally.
Those winter weather diving tips are a simple baseline of what to do and be aware of when driving during the winter months. When you’re at a truck stop or rest area, ask other drivers what they do to prepare for and execute safely and efficiently during winter driving conditions.
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