As the winter weather approaches and temperatures start to drop, it is important to anticipate challenging driving conditions. Whether you are a new driver or a seasoned driver, here are some tips to help keep you safe on the roads this season:
1. Inspect your truck
Ensure your vehicle is in proper condition by checking your battery, tire pressure/condition, keep your fuel levels above half a tank. Stay topped up on antifreeze, and consider using a fuel conditioner to help prevent diesel from gelling in the dropping temperatures. Clear your truck and trailer of all snow and ice, and let your truck warm up before heading out on the road.
- BONUS TIP: Keep up on your trucks maintenance schedule, and bring any concerns you may have to your mechanics attention.
2. Plan your route
Before starting your trip, take a minute to plan out your route. Look ahead to any posted weather statements, such as poor visibility, icy conditions etc. Flag all truck stops along your route, so if the need to pull off the road arises – your already prepared with a plan.
- BONUS TIP: Share your route with a colleague, friend or family member.
3. Slow down
Reducing your speed is crucial to staying safe on the road during the winter season. Not only does it give you more time to react if something goes wrong, it also provides more control while driving on snow covered roads with poor traction.
4. Leave space
On wet and icy roads, its going to take your truck longer to brake. Leaving lots of space between you and the other drivers on the road helps to make sure you can safely react to unpredictable situations (i.e. the driver in front of you hard-hitting their brakes, or fishtailing). Remember to steer gently and stay in control.
5. Stock your truck with essentials
As a best practice, keep an emergency kit stocked in your truck. Including items such as: a warm blanket, winter clothing, a flash light as well as flares and triangles. In addition, keep some extra water and non-perishable food items on hand.
6. Have a plan for roadside assistance
Winter driving is unpredictable, having a plan in place for road side assistance can help a stressful situation go a little bit smoother. Keep your phone charged and have a number for towing and recovery saved for easy access.
Metro Towing is able to meet your most challenging towing, recovery and flatbed needs. All our drivers are professionally trained and uphold our commitment to safety to ensure you are getting the most out of our 360 degree full circle service, and we are here for you 24/7!