How Truck Drivers Can Drive Safely in Winter

How Truck Drivers Can Drive Safely in Winter

Driving a large truck at high speeds with heavy cargo is already a slightly perilous task. Maintaining control of your vehicle and keeping yourself and others safe is a vital part of the job. With winter months bringing colder temperatures, fog, snow, and other potential hazards, staying safe is more important than ever. Here’s how truck drivers can drive safely in winter and take care of themselves and their rigs.

Value Space

Truck drivers regularly need to keep an eye on the amount of space between them and the car in front of them. It’s a delicate balancing act knowing how much space you need in order to stop without hitting them. That space is even more essential than ever when driving on icy roads. Maintain a safe driving distance and watch for any sign of brake lights from the car in front of you.

Inspect Your Vehicle

One of the best ways truck drivers can drive safely in winter is by taking proper care of their vehicles. There are many helpful steps for winterizing a truck, such as checking the tire pressure, refilling the antifreeze, and ensuring the battery is in working order. Truckers shouldn’t underestimate the benefits of rebuilding their engine before driving in colder temperatures, as performing maintenance keeps things running smoothly.

Carry Winter Supplies

It’s always a good idea to keep a roadside kit with essential safety gear inside your vehicle. However, it’s also a smart idea to include some additional supplies in the winter. Aside from flares, tire jacks, and first-aid kits, be sure to include other items that will help you if you break down in winter.

You should always have one or two emergency blankets in your roadside kit and a heavy coat in your truck. To help get traction on icy roads, invest in a bag of kitty litter or rock salt to lay down near the tires. You should also have an ice scraper and some form of snow shovel to remove winter hazards from your vehicle.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.