Ten Trucking Tips to Safe Trucking This Winter
With winter right around the corner -- and the cold, snow, sleet, and freezing rain that comes with it -- we felt it prudent to discuss how to remain safe on the roads during the season.
The top safety tip, no matter the season, is to slow down and take your time. With that, we'll start our list:
1. Slow Down! While the speed limit represents the legal maximum, it doesn't account for road or weather conditions. Don't allow your eagerness to finish a delivery to make you hurry when it isn't safe.
2. Maintain Proper Following Distance. Leave proper space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This is especially crucial when roads are or have the potential to be slippery or wet.
3. Don't Drive in Packs. While it can be easy to travel within the 'pack' or follow the flow of traffic, try to make proper vehicle spacing your main goal.
4. Avoid Stopping on the Shoulder. Unless its a true emergency, avoid stopping on the shoulder. Traveling vehicles often leave the right lane in order to give shoulder-stopped vehicles space; this can lead to issues, especially in hazardous conditions. Re-merging vehicles can also negatively affect the flow of traffic.
5. Don't Brake on the On-Ramp. Successful merges involve a reasonable rise of speed to near the limit. Inappropriate braking can lead to upset drivers - or worse - an accident.
6. Don't Be a Hero. Even if you are facing pressure to make a delivery by a specific time, safety should always be your top priority.
7. Use Your Hand Brake. It can be tempting to use your foot brake in ice or snow, but you might find yourself skidding more often than makes you comfortable. Consider shifting down to slow your vehicle instead.
8. Keep Extra Supplies on Hand. This includes windshield wiper fluid, an ice scraper, a snow shovel and properly inflated spare tires.
9. Fuel Up! Keeping your vehicle fueled up means that the extra weight can aid with traction.
10. Pack an Emergency Kit. Water. Non-perishable food. Hand-warmers. First aid. Batteries. Flashlight. Flares. Charges.
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