It doesn’t matter if you are a new or experienced trucker, winter safety is important to everyone. You can’t escape winter, so it’s best if you are prepared for it. If you are new to the trucking game, we want you to be prepared as possible when driving your rig around the country. Safe driving not only impacts you and your load but also the vehicles around you.
4 winter safety driving tips for truckers:
- Keep your rig clean
- Don’t use the Jake Brake
- Keep a safe driving distance between you and other vehicles
- Don’t stop on the side of the road
Keep your rig clean
Every time you stop, be sure to take the time to clean your vehicle. Snow and ice will accumulate all over your hood and headlights during your travels. In order for you to be seen properly, you need to be sure that no snow is covering your headlights or brake lights. Removing the snow off of your hood will also prevent any from flying into your windshield while you are driving reducing visibility.
Don’t use the Jake Brake
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t use your Jake Brake in icy conditions. You don’t want to brake too hard when your rig isn’t straight. Your trailer can slide and spin your entire truck out of control.
Keep a safe driving distance between you and other vehicles
As you know, you should always leave a safe distance between you and other vehicles on nice days, but also on wintery days. You don’t want to be riding too close because you never know when you could hit a patch of ice or when the car in front of you will be slamming on their brakes. It’s important to take extra precautions when driving on these days.
Don’t stop on the side of the road
Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen cars on the side of the road for many reasons. On wintery days, it’s important that if all possible you don’t stop on the side of the road. If you need to pull off try and wait until the next exit or rest stop if possible. Stopping on the side of the road during bad winter conditions can cause an unnecessary accident, especially when there is low visibility.
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