Top 10 Winter Weather Driving Tips for Owner-Operators
Feb 17, 2021 9:15:43 AM
It's that time of year. Slush, ice, snow, wind . . .it's no secret that the weather has certainly been treacherous in many parts of the country. Driving a big rig in this weather comes with a lot of responsibility and we know our owner-operators don't always get snow days. According to American Truckermagazine at least 23% of vehicle crashes are caused by inclement weather. Yikes!
We put these top 10 tips together to help you keep it safe out there.
👉 Check weather reports before hitting the road - it's always best to be as prepared as possible.
👉 Keep your vehicle inspected and fluid levels topped off. Make sure your fuel system is winterized.
👉 Keep those windshields, mirrors, and lights clean and free of ice and snow.
👉 Have a back-up phone charger - trust us, you'll thank us when your go-to charger quits working.
👉 Have snacks, water, and warm clothes on hand in case of emergencies.
👉 Keep a shovel and cat litter handy for when you need to dig out and need extra traction.
👉 Slow down and stay alert. Even the most seasoned driver can get in accidents.
👉 Allow extra stopping distance between you and other vehicles.
👉 Keep an eye out for those light-colored cars that match the snow and don't have their lights on.