Truck driving during winter months is more difficult than in summer. The weather can be very unpredictable in cold time of year. Around 30% of car accidents occur annually due to adverse weather conditions.
Therefore, it is important to know main truck driving rules on which your safety and safety of your cargo depends.
Inspect your truck
Truck driving differs from driving another vehicle. Therefore, you need to know your car inside and out well to control it on the slippery roads. You need to know braking distance, motor, blind spots of your truck. Before embarking on a trip, you should be sure that the truck is in right condition to travel.
It is also important to service the car on time. Any small problem on the road can cause serious consequences. Right tires can save you from slipping.
Check the weather before trip
Spend few minutes before start driving to check the weather forecast. Forewarned is forearmed. You will be ready for bad weather and planning your own route.
Remember that the maximum risk of truck skidding appears in a slight frost. Driving in a snowstorm or fog is unsafe.
Don’t hurry up!
There are many accidents every year because of fast driving.
Avoid sudden maneuvers, drive smoothly and remember about speed limits. If the weather gets worse, you should slow down slowly.
Bridges usually are not treated with salt or grit. Be sure to drive through these areas carefully.
If it is foggy – use the low beam. It is better to stop and wait until visibility improves.
Watch out for flying debris in a hurricane. Strong winds can blow the trailer to the side. So in this case we strongly recommend not to drive.
Keep the double distance
Remember that a truck has longer stopping distance than a car. Especially in bad weather, when the road is wet.
And don’t forget to use safety belt!
Items that you should have in your truck:
A shovel and a bag of salt or sand may come in handy if your truck begin to skid.
The jumper cables if the truck stops.
Extra warm clothing and the blanket will keep you warm.
A first aid kit, flashlight, brush or ice scraper must be in the truck too.
The tank must be at least half full. If you have to look for an alternative route, the trip will take a bit longer.