As it starts to get cooler and winter rears it’s icy head, America’s endless highways are about to get more slippery.
For truck drivers, the supply chain never stops and deliveries must be made, even when the weather conditions are less than favorable. With long hours spent behind the wheel, safety is paramount, especially when winter challenges the norm by making roads more hazardous.
As you gear up for the holidays and trucking in the winter, it’s important to stay vigilant! These safety tips can help you stay prepared.
Your truck is your faithful steed when you're collecting miles, which means that regular maintenance is essential to keep it in proper working order.
This is especially important during the wintertime, when roads are slick and snowfall is thick. Inspect your truck before each job, paying attention to the tires, brakes, engine oil and antifreeze levels.
Ensure that you have roadside assistance in case of a breakdown, and stock up on the necessary supplies, like traction devices, matches, a shovel, a flashlight and a bag of sand.
When deadlines get tight it can be easy to sacrifice personal comfort in order to get a load delivered on time. For truck drivers, safety needs to be put at the forefront, especially when it comes to weather.
If the snow is falling hard and visibility becomes difficult, don’t try to tough it out- pull over and wait for the sky to let up.
Since the roads are slippery during wintertime due to ice, rain or snow, take care to adjust how you drive to be as defensive as possible.
True Carriers Group is a non-asset based group of carriers that has been helping drive America’s supply chain for over 40 years. We offer a full range of logistics services, including Intermodal, Reefer, Van, Flatbed, Brokerage, LTL and Heavy Haul.