As wintry weather begins to take a toll on many American highways, it is especially important to maintain safe driving skills if you are a trucker. Even if you have driven in snowy conditions before, it’s important to refresh yourself on how to stay safe while driving your truck in the winter.
- Plan ahead of time where to chain up and chain down. As you are driving during the beautiful summer months, keep your eye out for the best places to chain up and chain down during the winter. Keep a log of these locations so that if one is closed, you don’t have to worry since you have a backup location on hand.
- Try to drive around weather conditions and calculate for them. The key to driving in the winter is to always be listening to weather reports, and chatting with others on the CB about them. Then you can determine which passes might be closed or where snow is melting. Also, keep in mind that if you can’t avoid the bad weather, you will need to drive around 25 m.p.h. and calculate that into your drive time. This will help you get to a safe place before reaching your driving limit.
- Check your truck’s equipment before, during and after your trip. Especially during freezing winter months, you don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road with truck problems. Check your lights and make sure they are clear of winter grime. Ensure that there is no air in your truck and trailer tank since condensation in air lines is the top cause of frozen brakes.
- After driving through wintry weather, remove snow and ice from your truck. One of the top causes of winter trucking accidents is when huge chunks of snow or ice fall off a truck’s mud flaps, bumper or chain hangers and hit another vehicle. To keep you and others safe on the road, pull off the road and knock off the ice and snow as soon as you can.
Trucking accidents happen more often than you would expect. If you or a loved one was the victim of a trucking accident, you deserve justice for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the Barry Law Group today to set-up your free consultation.