As many parts of our country have experienced significant winter weather this week, we are reminded that driving during this season can be challenging and dangerous. To prevent injury, delayed delivery times, and for the safety of yourself and other drivers on the road, remember the following winter road safety tips.
Prioritize Your Safety
- Inspect your truck before getting on the road to identify and prevent any potential hazards.
- Use your best judgement. Be aware of low visibility, roads covered by snow and ice, and other drivers on the road who may lose control of their vehicles in slippery conditions.
- When in doubt, pull over and find a safe area to park until the road conditions improve before driving again.
Carry Proper Supplies
- Truck drivers should make sure they have cold weather essentials on hand, including:
- Extra clothing layers
- Food and water
- Windshield fluid
- Bag of sand or salt
- Snow scraper and brush
Maintain Proper Following Distance
- Always maintain a minimum following distance of seven seconds on good, dry roads. More time (up to 14 seconds) is required on wet, snow covered, or icy roads.
- Proper following distance gives you time to react to quickly changing traffic conditions, peace of mind, and space to avoid an incident.
- In low visibility conditions, don’t ride the taillights of other cars. If you can see their taillights when the weather is bad, that likely means you are too close. Slow down and maintain a safer distance.
Being prepared to drive in snowy or icy conditions helps keep our roads safe for our drivers and those around them. Stay safe this winter season!