As a truck driver, you will experience driving in dangerous weather conditions. Driving in the rain creates difficult and dangerous driving conditions for truckers. It is important for truck drivers to be alert and cautious when driving in the rain. Check out our 6 safety tips for truck drivers while driving in the rain.
Wet roads make it difficult for a driver to control their truck. A good rule of thumb is to drive 5mp below the speed limit. In some cases, you might have to drive more than 5mph below. Professional truck drivers adjust their speed according to the weather. When driving in dangerous weather conditions, only drive the speed you are comfortable with.
Leaving the appropriate amount of space between each vehicle will give a truck driver enough time to react. A fully loaded tractor-trailer traveling at 65 mph needs about 5 seconds of space to stop. Drivers will have to increase the space between cars while driving in dangerous weather conditions.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Having your vehicle routinely checked will make driving in the rain more safe. Frequently check your truck’s tires to make sure they have enough tread. Also, check your windshield wipers to see if they are working properly.
Avoid Standing Water
Driving through standing water increases the chance of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning causes a driver to lose control of the truck and can result in serious injuries. Standing water also hides potholes and other debris that might be on the road. It’s important to always avoid standing water while driving in the rain.
Wear Your Seat Belt
Wearing a seat belt is a requirement for all truckers, especially in dangerous weather conditions.
While driving in the rain, eliminate all distractions. If you drive with the radio on, turn the volume low so you can concentrate. Avoid touching your GPS or looking at it for long periods of time and avoid using your cell phone.
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