The winter season creates a whole new set of challenges for truck drivers. The weather can be unpredictable and dangerous. Truck drivers should be prepared at all times for encountering a winter storm along their truck route. Especially if their route includes driving in the northern region of the United States. We put together a checklist of all the things truck drivers need to do to prepare for winter weather.
Stock up on essentials
Winter weather is unpredictable. The weather can quickly take a turn for the worst, and when you’re out on the road, you may not have enough time to prepare yourself. Stocking up on essentials is a good way to be prepared for a winter storm. Here are some things you will want to keep in your truck at all times:
- Food and water
- Warm clothes
- Tire chains
- LED marker lights
- Jumper cables
- Road salt
- Shovel and ice scraper
- Flashlight and batteries
Inspect your truck
Before you hit the road, you’ll want to make sure you perform a pre-trip inspection. Performing a pre-trip inspection allows you to ensure that everything is working properly before departing. That way you can reduce the risk of running into any truck maintenance problems while you’re out on your route.
Stay up to date on the weather
Before you start your day, take a look at the weather forecast in your area and in the areas you will be driving through. You don’t want to be taken by surprise if you run into a winter storm. You will also want to track your route on your GPS. Tracking your route allows you to get real-time information and updates on blocked routes or unsafe road conditions.
This may seem like an obvious one, but it is important to remember to drive responsibly at all times, especially if you suspect there will be dangerous weather. Remember to avoid sudden sharp turns, allow enough space between your truck and other cars, and be careful when braking.
Pull over when necessary
When driving in winter weather conditions, you will have to use your best judgment and pull over when necessary. If you begin to feel unsafe on the road, find a safe spot to pull over. Being late to pick up or drop off a load is less important than yours and others on the road.
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