Are You Prepared for the Next Snow Storm?

February 11, 2016

Through All Weather Conditions

The one thing that can be said about truckers is that they also live by the creed of the mail man or woman:

"Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

If that doesn't sum up a trucker, than I don't know what does. And if you ask virtually any trucker, the worst time to drive is in the snow.

Snow Mobiles

Sometimes, in the heaviest snow storms, trucks more resemble snowmobiles than 18 wheelers. And although freight needs to be delivered and you may be on the road during a blizzard, there are a few trucker tips to consider.

  • 40 Miles Per Hour -- If the road becomes so tricky to drive on that you can't travel faster than 40 miles per hour, consider getting off the road. Driving faster in compromising situations, throws up so much snow that you become a danger to those you pass. Conversely, driving slower isn't worth your time, and it would be better to just get off the road completely.
  • Your Nearest Truck Stop -- Virtually every truck stop will allow you to spend the night while the snow rages. Punch the nearest city into your GPS or smartphone app, find the truck stop there, and make a beeline for it.
  • Wait it Out -- Generally, it takes between 12 to 24 hours for a storm to blow over and/or the highway workers to get the interstates cleaned off. There is no sense in trying to push on unless the roads are clear, so wait it out, and you'll be better off by doing so.

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