Winter weather and the road conditions that come along with it can mean a big adjustment for driving, especially for people involved in the fleet industry and trucking. We’ve compiled some tips and general preventive driving habits that can make a big difference in winter driving safety and overall vehicle maintenance.
Winter Weather Driving Tips:
- Be conscious of weather conditions that may limit visibility. Keep your headlights on at all times and use low beam headlights when there’s poor visibility.
- Give yourself plenty of room between your vehicle and the other’s on the road, and avoid sudden braking that can be extra dangerous with slick road conditions.
- Use extra caution and lower your speed when approaching curves and intersections to reduce the chance of losing control.
- Remember that posted speed limits are made for dry weather conditions and clear pavement, so lower your speed to accommodate for possible icy conditions.
- Exercise extra caution when driving over bridges and overpasses, because they will freeze before regular pavement.
- Avoid travelling along side of snowplows and give extra room, approximately 200 ft., between your vehicle and maintenance vehicles.
- Stay alert and watch for rapidly changing conditions.
- Before travelling, remember to brush the snow and ice from your vehicle’s rooftop, which will keep your windshield and mirrors clean and give you better visibility.
- Use a solid three-point stance when entering and exiting vehicle cabs and wear appropriate footwear for the weather conditions.
- Be aware of the signs of cold-related stress: fatigue, confusion, shivering and slowed breathing.
- Keep an emergency supply of water, non-perishable food, extra clothes and blankets in case of a vehicle breakdown or other emergency. Read our full list of winter safety items.