With changing seasons comes a change in the weather. Unpredictable at times, things like snow and fog can be hazardous to all drivers on the road ,especially a trucker.
It is vital that truckers are aware of the conditions of the road and how to best navigate each condition to keep themselves and other drivers around them safe.
You might not think about it often, but even a light rain can become hazardous for a trucker. Trucks already have a difficult time slowing down. Mix that with rain and you could potentially hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle.
The most simple way to avoid this is by slowing down. Being aware and cautious of your surroundings and pulling over if there is loss of visibility that can avert potential dangers.
Snow and ice are among some of the most dangerous driving situations for a trucker. Check the weather before heading out. If a snowstorm is predicted, it is best to stay off the roads as your main concern should be the safety of yourself and those on the road around you.
If you must drive, fuel up before you leave and pack tire chains, warm clothing and plenty of food in case of an emergency. It is important that you drive and turn slowly to avoid sliding and jackknifing which occurs when the trailer continues to move after the cab’s wheels have locked up.
On an open interstate or highway winds can be strong enough to blow a truck right off the road. Again, it is best to avoid these potentially hazardous situations by staying off the road.
However, if you have to continue driving hold onto the steering road with a strong grip and adjust your speed based on the direction the wind is blowing.
High temperatures can pose as a threat for a trucker too. If the heat is intense enough tires can melt, engines can overheat and the items in the trailer can spoil. If possible, park your truck in the shade at a truck stop during the day, when it is most hot and drive in the evening as the temperatures start to get cooler.
Tornadoes can happen in a blink of an eye. Before departing each day be sure to check the weather. If there are signs of a tornado or swirling winds stay off the road, your load can wait.
It does no good for either the driver, the trucking company or the consumer if you are driving through dangerous weather.
Although fog is typically not much of a danger to truck drivers, it can become hazardous if it becomes thick enough. If your visibility becomes an issue then put your flashers on and find a safe place to pull off until the fog clears up.