All drivers need to be prepared for winter weather, especially truck drivers. Even the most experienced truck drivers can find themselves challenged while driving on icy roads in white-out conditions. From poor visibility to slippery roads, navigating the drive in a huge rig is difficult. Fortunately, applying defensive driving and preventative safety driving techniques will make winter driving easy.
In this article, Aspen Truck Sales breaks down the four key winter driving techniques for truck drivers to use all season.
1. Inspect Your Truck
You should winterize your vehicle by inspecting it prior to getting on the road. Setting aside time to ensure your vehicle safety and preparation can make a significant difference. Firstly, check your truck’s tire pressure, then its engine oil. Ensure you have sufficient levels of antifreeze in the truck before every drive. Clean off any snow or ice on your truck, especially on the windows, trunk, roof, hood, and lights. Ensure your wiper blades are not damaged and swipe properly. Before every drive, ensure you have at least half a tank of gas to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
2. Pack A Winter Driving Kit
Winter weather is highly unpredictable, especially in Winnipeg. At the start of the season, you should prepare a winter safety kit to keep in your truck. Whether you’re going on an extended trip or a quick drive, you can’t always predict the weather and circumstances. However, you can be prepared for the worst. Include the following in your winter driving kit and keep it stocked at all times:
● Warm clothing (extra clothes, scarves, socks, rain jacket, hat)
● Flashlight and batteries
● Food and water bottle
● First-aid kit
● Extra jug of washer fluid
● Snow/ice scraper
● Tire chains, traction mats and salt
● Cell phone and charger
3. Drive Slower
When driving in hazardous conditions, always adjust your speed to avoid accidents. Ice and snow can affect your truck’s traction. Increase your following distance significantly and adjust speed to allow for more time to react in the event of a potential hazard.
4. Accelerate and Brake Slowly
One of the most dangerous things you can do when driving on roads during the winter is braking too late and too aggressively. This causes you to slide and lose control of the vehicle, which is especially hazardous for truck drivers. Avoid sudden, quick stops during icy or snowy weather. If you give yourself enough following distance, you can brake slowly and lightly with enough time to slow down. This also reduces the likelihood of tires locking and truck sliding.
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