It’s that time of year where winds are blowing and only the more experienced drivers come out accident-free. You can use these 5 simple tips from veteran truck drivers to get ready for the cold months ahead.
There’s no place like home
It’s easy to speed past important safety steps when you want to get home before snow hits. Slow it down and don’t overlook serious safety procedures. Your safety comes first. Make it a little easier on yourself and take those extra precautions so you get home safe and sound.
Don’t worry be h “app” y
Download a weather app with real-time alerts so you can see what you’re heading into. It only takes a few minutes before you start driving to check weather in the states along your route.
Use it or lose it rule, it’s your time
Taking the time to plan for expected bad weather will save you time in the long run. Today’s technology and media coverage make it much easier to plan ahead. Use your time wisely.
In addition to paying attention to weather alerts, take care to check that brakes, headlights and brake lights, tires, windshield wipers, fluid levels, and indicator lights are in good working order.
Your eyes are your most valuable asset during a storm. Keep distractions to a minimum like texting and have GPS, paperwork, and ELDs ready to go. Of course, it seems obvious but… NEVER cross road barrier signs! Often, flash floods and other forces of nature could be just out of view and always beyond your control.
Know your way out
Don’t get boxed in especially when weather takes a turn (tornados, hurricanes, ice, snow, etc.). If your visibility goes from bad to worse you need an escape plan. Pull off the road, set the brakes and get your hazards on. Yes, you may have to wait it out but you’re staying safe and protecting anyone else that’s still on the road.
Whether you are a new driver or veteran, remember to “mind the bubble”: front, behind, all sides and all directions or angles of the truck. Creating a virtual safety zone around your truck is crucial.
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