Autumn is here and before you know it, it’ll be winter. Protecting your rig and your reputation on winter roads can be tricky, especially if people are driving like maniacs around. Fleet Truck & RV Repair offers 10 safety tips to help keep you safe on your winter routes, please keep reading.
Slow Is Good
Slow down during inclement weather and on wet and icy roads. Know your rig and what it can handle and don’t push it, even to make up time on your route. Speed causes accidents. Period.
Space Is Good
Give yourself plenty of space between vehicles. Don’t tailgate, and change lanes if someone is tailgating you. Make sure you have enough space to react on winter roads. Stay back and to the right.
Sudden reactions cause you to lose control of your rig, especially when driving in inclement weather. Keep back and drive slowly so you don’t have to slam on the brakes. Accelerate slowly, too.
Tire Spray Says a Lot
Gauge how wet the roads really are by watching the tire spray of other vehicles. If you see a ton of spray flying of other tires, you know the roads are really wet. Icy roads produce less spray from the tires.
Light it Up
Turn on all of your lights during the day so people can see you. Inclement weather causes poor visibility, so make your presence known with your headlights and rig lights. Lights draw attention to your rig.
Drive defensively during bad weather. Spot problems in advance and take measures to avoid them. Decelerate so you don’t have to rely on your brakes so much. Stay out of the way of troubled drivers.
Stop When it’s Really Bad
Pull over when things get too dicey. If you are in a whiteout, for example, and you cannot see in front of you, stop. Don’t take unnecessary risks and drive when the conditions are too difficult to handle.
Prepare for Emergencies
Stock your cab with emergency supplies in the event you do get stranded. Non-perishable food, water, blankets, a flashlight, batteries, and sandbags are just some of the supplies you should stow away.
Think Like Your Mom
Mom knows best and she taught you to be cautious. Check multiple times for oncoming traffic before you move forward, change lanes, or stop. You can’t see other vehicles as easily in bad weather.
Finally, make certain your rig is safe enough to handle icy, snowy, and rainy roads. Have it inspected and maintained professionally before each route you take in the winter. Better safe than sorry.
Fleet Truck & RV Repair in Great Falls, MT, knows what it’s like to drive a big rig in the winter. We’ll inspect your rig and make any necessary adjustments or repairs before you hit the road. Call us today to schedule your pre-route inspection and services.