Nothing is as unpredictable as the weather. In fact, you can drive through areas where all different types of extreme weather can hit within a period of a few hours. Now, for truck drivers, the unpredictable weather should always be respected. Even for drivers with years of experience, accidents occur quicker than people can blink during extreme weather.
The fact is safety should never be compromised when on the road. This is especially true for truck drivers moving big vehicles over long distances. And the best way to improve safety is to properly prepare for the worst. So, from handling wet and slippery roads to surviving bad conditions, consider the following safety tips and advice.
Tips And Advice For Driving Safely
One of the first thing truck drivers has to do when they hit unsafe conditions is to slow down. Even if it means taking longer to reach the destination. At the same time, it is critical to be prepared before stepping on the gas. For instance, it is recommended to always keep a first aid kit in the truck, along with emergency water and food that does not easily spoil. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Another important aspect involves the condition of the truck. If it is not up to standard, it makes driving in extreme conditions even riskier. For example, make sure the wipers are working properly and there is enough traction on the tires. The brakes and headlights should also work perfectly in order to promote safety on the road. And, of course, always maintain a safe distance between cars. Drivers should have enough time to gently brake and come to a slow stop. And when you hydroplane, just remove your foot from the gas and try to keep the wheel steady without jerking it from side to side.
When you come across flooded roads, never try to pass through it. Because it just takes a few inches of water to take the truck off the road completely. More specifically, it is impossible to tell how deep the water really is. Also, pay attention to water pools that gather at the sides of the road. Hence the reason for staying closer to the middle lane. And don't be surprised if you reach intersections where the lights are not working. This can happen during extreme weather, which means you have to be extra cautious, and approach the intersection like you would a four-way stop.
Fleet Tech professionals keep safety at the forefront of their minds. Contact us if you are looking to make your trucks safe for your drivers.