Truckers: How to Stay Safe Even In Dangerous Winter Weather
Staying Safe In In-climate Weather
The cold winter can't last forever. Still, when you're a trucker who is constantly on the road dealing with hazardous snow and ice, winter can seem to drag on. You're ready for spring, but there's still plenty of nasty weather to contend with. The most important thing you can do is learn what you need to know in order stay safe when you're trucking in bad weather. Whether you're a local delivery driver or you regularly drive across the country, these tips can help you navigate through the cold winter temperatures and the ice and snow.
Tip #1: Know your route
It's always worth it to do a little studying about the route you're about to complete. Even if you've driven it before, it's wise to find out if there are any road closures you should know about, or any extreme weather conditions that are expected. If you're filling in for someone else, ask that person if there's anything you need to know before you leave.
Tip #2: Keep your speed down
You already know how difficult it can be to stop a tractor trailer in an emergency. When you have snow and ice to contend with, it's worse. Many truckers will push the boundaries of how fast they can go because they're eager to finish the run. That can cause accidents. If you're concerned, slow down. If you need to pull over and wait out a storm, do it. You don't need to be the hero.
Tip #3: Keep an emergency kit in your truck
You never know if you're going to be stranded far from food, water and warmth, so keep an emergency kit in your truck to protect yourself. Your kit will differ based one what type of driving you do, but make sure you have the essentials.
Spring is coming! However, until it gets here, check back right here at truckertotrucker.com for more winter trucking tips.
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