As a professional truck driver, it’s your job to transport cargo from point A to point B safely and without any hiccups, which usually isn’t a problem. Assuming your rig is in good condition and you’ve got plenty of fuel, the main threats are traffic jams or the occasional flat tire. This time of year however, there’s something else to consider: winter weather.
Even if you’ve been driving commercially for decades, it never hurts to refresh your memory on best safety practices. After all, it’s those of us who consider ourselves pros who are more likely to throw caution to the wind.
Go slow. Speed limits are posted for a reason. Truck drivers who play leadfoot down the interstate give those of us who don’t a bad name. Not to mention, ice, snow, and wintry conditions increase your chances of fish-tailing, skidding, or rolling over. This is especially true on mountain roads or hilly passes. Take it easy; there’s no rush!
Don’t be afraid to pull over. Whiteout conditions can strike any time, making it nearly impossible to see the road lines, much less drive in one direction. If you find yourself in this type of situation, pull over. Wait until the storm blows over and make sure you have at least 10 feet of visibility in all directions. Will you lose some time? A little. Will you still be alive? Yes.
Keep your boss and colleagues informed. When you’re out on the road for long periods of time, make sure to check in with your colleagues and management team throughout the day. Also, share and update your itinerary. If there’s a change of plans or weather prevents you from making your intended progress, share that information too. In the event of an accident or emergency, regular communication can help pinpoint your location.
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