Winter offers beautiful scenery, exciting outdoor activities, and brings many people a lot of joy during the holidays. That being said, it’s not great for driving. Here are some safe driving tips you should follow this winter season!
When driving for long hours and venturing far from your home terminal, it is best to be over-prepared, especially in the winter. You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw your way in the cold winter months. Here are some of the things you should keep in your truck in case you get stuck in a snow storm.
- Proper clothing (loose layers, extra gloves, rain gear)
- Reflective/ safety gear
- Flashlight in the glove box
- Food (that won’t spoil) and water
- A bag of sand or salt
- Extra washer fluid
- Make sure you have enough fuel!
Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection:
All drivers are required to conduct a proper pre-trip inspection of their vehicle before they leave, but the following need added scrutiny in wintery conditions
- Wiper Blades
- Washer Fluid
- Coupling devices
Slow and Steady:
Many winter accidents occur because drivers are going too fast for the winter conditions. Obeying the speed limit gives you more time to react and slow down if something happens. Hydroplaning and even loss of control due to slush or ice is caused from increased speeds. Take your time on the road to get to your destination in one piece!
Brake and Accelerate Lightly:
Hard braking is not only bad for the vehicle but it makes matters worse during wintery conditions. Ease into braking so your brakes don’t lock up and cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Black ice is the most dangerous of all during the winter because you can’t see it! If the temperatures are hovering around or below freezing and there is moisture on the road, always assume the worst. Driving at a proper speed and being alert while driving will give you time to react.
Use Caution When Driving over Bridges:
Look for a sign that says, “Bridge May Ice in Cold Weather,” or “Bridge Ices Before Road,” and even “Bridge May Be Icy.” Bridges ice over more easily than roads. Black ice is usually found on bridges. Drive slow over bridges to maintain proper control.
If Stranded or Stuck, Stay in your Vehicle:
If the conditions are so bad to the point where you’re worried about reaching your destination safely, please be sure to contact dispatch. Being in constant communication with them is important if the driving conditions are going to inhibit your ETA. Be sure to use your best judgment when on the road. Also be sure to listen to weather reports and warnings and to respond accordingly. If the driving conditions are not safe please follow these steps.
- Safely pull over to the side of the road
- Put your 4-ways on so other drivers are aware
- Call dispatch and let them know you need help
- Be sure to stay warm
Remember to use good judgment when driving this winter season. Being in constant communication with your dispatch team is crucial during this time so they are aware of what is going on. Please be safe on the roads this winter!
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