Safe Driving Tips: Weather

Jan 15, 2015 0 Comments in Uncategorized by


Reminder of the week.

Safe Driving Tips: Weather

This week was a perfect example of how challenging Midwest winter could be, below we are giving again some very valuable tips that will help you better prepare for extreme weather.

Plug in your tractor or keep it running

Winterize your tractor

Keep your fuel tanks at least at 1/2 capacity.

Treat fuel.

Plan ahead.

Leave early.

Drive with your lights on to increase visibility.

Minimize night driving

Ensure you have some food, water and the proper clothing in your cab to compensate for weather and extreme conditions. Keep a set of dry clothes, a spare pair of shoes in the truck at all times.

If road conditions become too extreme pull over to next available safe spot and advise dispatch of the delay. Continue when conditions improve advising dispatch of movement at all times.

Slow down and increase following distance. Professional truck drivers who practice safe driving know that stopping distance is also affected by weather. Professional truck drivers need to drive for conditions, allowing more room to stop when precipitation (rain, freezing rain, snow, ice pellets, etc.) is falling or accumulated on the ground.

Be extra careful in untreated roads. The most dangerous situations are those when traction is lost, preventing the vehicle from responding to driver control of accelerating, braking or steering — such as might occur when hydroplaning, sliding on a patch of ice and jackknifing. Drivers of large trucks should never use an engine brake (aka “Jake Brake”) in wet weather because traction could be lost. In the winter, snow-covered roads can warm up during the day to partially melt off snow but freeze over again at night, creating treacherous conditions. It is very difficult to drive on ice and most large trucks are not equipped to do it. If the roads are below freezing and there is any rain, mist or fog, there is the possibility that “black ice” can form; it’s thin, nearly invisible and very dangerous.


Thank You!