Winter driving is extremely hazardous for any vehicle, but for truck drivers, it can be especially dangerous. Poor visibility, slippery roads, and the large size of the vehicles themselves can lead to disastrous accidents that could have been avoided in better weather. If this is your first winter behind the wheel of a big rig, the following tips can help keep you and everyone else safe on the road.
4 Truck Driving Tips for the Winter
1. Drive Slower
Truck drivers are almost always on a tight deadline, but during the winter pay careful attention to the speed limit. Commercial trucks are among the heaviest vehicles on the road, which means they take longer to stop in an emergency. If there’s an accident in front of you, driving a little slower can help you avoid making the situation worse.
2. Guard Against Black Ice
Black ice is one of the most dangerous hazards on the road, mostly because it’s so difficult to see. While you may not be able to avoid black ice entirely, look for glossy patches on the road or vehicles ahead of you swerving or losing control and slow down as needed.
3. Be Extremely Careful on Bridges
Because they allow cold air to freeze above and beneath the road at the same time, bridges tend to freeze quickly. Even if other surfaces are clear, exercise extreme caution any time you’re crossing a bridge because you never know what to expect.
4. Leave Extra Space
If other drivers lose control or make unexpected moves, you may not have time to respond if the roads are slippery or visibility is bad. Leaving extra space between your truck and the vehicle in front of you will give you the chance to respond to sudden changes without causing an accident.
Over the past 30 years, Hamrick School in Medina, OH, has given over 10,000 individuals a chance to pursue lucrative careers as successful truck drivers. With small class sizes and a fully accredited curriculum, this highly regarded school will give you the skills and tools you need to safely drive heavy trucks in any weather conditions. Visit their website to learn more about their driver training courses, or call (330) 239-2229 with any questions.
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