6 Ways to Navigate Winter Driving Hazards
Winter driving presents unique hazards that require truck drivers to adjust their driving style to account for constantly changing conditions. Drivers must be able to recognize these winter hazards and apply the right defenses to prevent an accident.Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a crash.
Reduce the risk of crash with these tips
OBSERVE THE PROPER SPEED FOR CONDITIONS
Reduce speed 2-3 mph below the flow of traffic, not to exceed the posted speed limit. Adjust speed if road conditions worsen.
REACT PROPERLY TO HAZARDS
Do not use cruise control on slippery or wet surfaces. Pull over if driving conditions become unsafe.
MAINTAIN PROPER FOLLOWING DISTANCE
Keep a minimum of six seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. Add one second of following distance for each additional hazard present.
BE ATTENTIVE TO THE ROAD
Monitor weather forecasts for approaching storms. Watch traffic for signs of deteriorating road conditions. Make quick glances to mirrors, then return your focus to the road ahead.
Avoid distractions while driving, such as talking/texting on a phone, eating or drinking, gawking at passing crash scenes, or adjusting the radio or GPS. Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.
CONDUCT A PRE-TRIP INSPECTION
Conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection. Clean mirrors, windows, lights, and reflectors at each stop or as needed. Keep extra windshield wipers and fluid on hand.
Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.
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