Even the most experienced truckers can run into trouble when the temp drops below freezing! Here are 10 tips to stay safe:
Inspect your rig: check tire pressure, engine oil and antifreeze every time you stop.
Slow down: compensate for reduced traction by reducing your speed.
Give yourself extra space: it takes 10x as much distance to stop on an icy road than a dry one.
No sudden moves: anything that reduces traction can send you sliding on an icy road.
Pay attention to tire spray: assess road conditions by watching the water coming off the cars in front of you. Less spray means the roads are getting icy.
Let there be light: run with your lights on, even in daylight to help other drivers see you.
Take evasive action: sometimes it’s better to maneuver around an obstacle rather than hard braking.
When in doubt, pull over: it’s better to be behind schedule than in a ditch, or worse.
Be prepared: carry cold-weather emergency gear in your cab. A flashlight, shovel, sandbags, etc. can come in handy in an emergency.
Check twice: when visibility is low, make sure you double check before pulling into an intersection or changing lanes.
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