Truck drivers do a whole lot more than hang on to a steering wheel and watch the kilometers pass. Out there on the road, they are the manager, driver, navigator, communications technician, and safety officer.
When driving in winter conditions, there are a lot of things that a driver needs to do to manage the business of getting themselves and their loads from A to B. Here are some tips for driving transport truck in the winter:
Be comfortable. If the road conditions get to the point where every kilometer is nerve-wrecking, you’re headed for trouble. Time to pull off and let it pass. Watch other truckers – if they’re getting off the highway in droves, there’s probably a reason. Seek experienced drivers at the truck stop or on the CB, and follow their advice.
Be prepared. In the event that you have to stop somewhere less civilized than a truck stop, or go off the road and have to wait for a rescue, make sure you have some survival gear in the truck. Extra blankets, water, food, a first aid kit, and some candles are essential winter travelling companions.
Make sure you have plenty of fuel. In winter, you can find yourself in a traffic jam for hours, and you don’t want to be worrying about how much diesel you have. When the temperature gets cold, diesel fuel will gel and your truck won’t run. When driving in winter conditions, make sure you use an anti-gelling additive. Buy some extra ahead of time, because it can get scarce at truck stops when everybody suddenly remembers that they need it.
Go easy. No load is worth your life. Don’t drive faster than conditions will allow, and if they won’t allow driving at all, don’t.
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