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Home » Commercial Truck Driver Tips for Driving in the Snow
November 20, 2018

Commercial Truck Driver Tips for Driving in the Snow

Whether you’re just out of truck driver school or a seasoned veteran on the roads, winter weather can make operating your rig a tricky proposition.


Here are winter driving safety tips for commercial driver’s to make rational decisions and be safe out on the roads this winter.


Prepare for the Worst:

Even though the weather may not look bad as you head out, it can change in a hurry.  Once the cold weather hits, it’s best to be prepared for the worst.  These items are good to have in case the weather changes for the worst:

  • Gloves
  • Rain gear
  • Warm jacket for nighttime temperatures
  • Food and water
  • Salt or Sand to help keep your tires from spinning if you get stuck
  • Windshield wipers
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Plenty of gas.  Try not to go below half a tank. 
  • Tire chains
  • Jumper cables
  • Batteries and electronic charging equipment.  You don’t want dead batteries to prevent you for getting help.

Additional things to do to be prepared are:

  • Sign up for Weather Alerts
  • Check your Equipment (headlights, brake lights and hazard lights)
  • Control your Speed and Avoid Skidding (Pump the brakes, shift to neutral) 
  • Watch for Trouble Spots (exit ramps, bridges, black ice, intersections, windy areas)
  • Maintain Tire Traction
  • Don’t be Afraid to Stop
  • Get Help

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