The weather outside is frightful! In fact, it is not meant for leisure and in the transportation business. With airports closing you just imagine how it is on the streets. Prevention, care and presence of mind are always important in driving. The wintry weather calls for truck driving tips that all drivers should consider.
Make a pre-trip planning and control
Always take the time to inspect your vehicle before your trip and during the stops. Do not drive blind! Clean snow and ice on the hood, roof, trunk, lights and windows. This will help the visibility. Next, check tires, wiper blades and windscreen washer and lights. Make sure you have at least half a tank of gas at all times.
Part of the pre-trip planning is to ensure that your winter driving kit is complete. This should consist of the following:
- The right clothes with loose layers, rain gear and extra gloves.
- Sturdy boots or shoes with good traction
- Flashlight and batteries
- Non-perishable food (canned) and water
- First aid kit with your prescription required (if any)
- Bag of sand or salt
- Extra washer fluid
- Windshield scraper and brush
- Jumper cables
- Tire chains / traction mats
Cell phone and charger – remember not to leave phones in the car, as it will freeze in extremely cold weather
Drive according to road conditions
Snow and ice are unpredictable, so drive slowly. Increase your following distance and make any changes gently. You have more time to react to situations when driving at a lower speed.
Brake and slow start in the icy or rainy weather conditions. To slow down in slippery roads quickly, easily put on the brakes by., Only the ball of the foot This minimizes the risk of locking your tires and reduce loses control of the truck.
Watch out for black ice
This thin layer of transparent ice forming, when the temperature near the freezing point. Black ice can look deceptively dangerous, as it appear like a wet puddle of water. Slow down when approaching shaded areas, bridges, overpasses and intersections as these areas freeze more quickly and are most likely to be slippery. At temperatures close to freezing get monitor:
Ice build up mirrors arms or back, antenna or windshield
Water splashing out of the tires of the vehicles in front of you. If there is no meaning, there are ice patches.
Icing on trees and characters, even if the road looks wet only.
Do not follow too close
Always give yourself plenty of space in front and behind, so that you can move out of the danger zone. Avoid driving in packs. Increase normal following distance to 8-10 seconds when you are on icy and slippery roads.
Treat your diesel
Put an anti-gel additive in your tank before you not to prevent fuel diesel to a gel when it is really cold. It is a good idea to stock up on these before the trip.
What to do if you slip
First, press the clutch quickly and look just to the left mirror. Then steer and counter steer to get as fast as you again before the trailer. Keep fighting until you regain control.