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Winter driving tips for tractor trailers

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2016 | Truck Accidents

During the cold season in Richmond, there may be road conditions that make driving more difficult than usual. For truckers, this might create a unique set of risks. As such, tractor trailer operators should know what precautions to take during the winter.

Truck News provides several suggestions that may help trucking companies and drivers plan for winter trips. In regard to fleet management, a company should ensure that all drivers receive adequate training specific to dealing with a cold environment. For example, truck operators need to be familiar with processes such as preventing the freezing weather from disabling the air brake system and correctly installing tire chains.

Prior to going out on the road, drivers should confirm that the truck is fit for travel, and perform basic maintenance tasks such as changing out the oil or wiper blades. Also, in order to prepare for a situation in which ice or snow impedes driving, a driver should supply the truck with gloves, a shovel and extra windshield fluid that doubles as a deicer.

When it comes time to take the tractor trailer out, Smart Trucking provides some safe driving tips. It is crucial that a tractor trailer remains noticeable in bad weather. This may require intermittent stops throughout the trip to clean off truck and trailer lights. If the elements are such that it becomes too hazardous to drive, it may be necessary to park in a safe place and wait out the poor conditions.

While on the road, it is important for a driver to be as cautious as possible. A trucker should not tailgate other vehicles, as slippery surfaces cause slower stop times. It is suggested that operators leave about a quarter of a mile of space between the tractor trailer and other cars. Moreover, overall truck speed should be slower in an inclement climate. The ability to maneuver the vehicle well may be vital to preventing a serious accident.