Be prepared. Plan your trip by checking weather forecasts and possible construction areas along your route. Chart fuel and meal stop locations, and allow extra time for traffic delays. Check out The Weather Channel‘smobile app, which allows you to receive severe weather alerts in your area on your phone.
[spacer size=”20″]Do a thorough pre-trip inspection. Complete a hands-on inspection and check important items, such as tires, wiper blades, fluids and lights. Check your vehicle often. Also, shifting product and icy roads are not a good combination. When possible, make sure to monitor the shipper’s loading procedures to ensure weight has been evenly distributed within the trailer.
[spacer size=”20″]Slow down and give yourself extra space. Compensate for poor traction by slowing down and making all movements gently. Never drive faster than conditions allow. Double or triple your following distance and do not tailgate. Keep at least a ten second following distance when driving on snow and ice covered roads.Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
[spacer size=”20″]Beware of black ice. Black ice can easily fool drivers into thinking it’s water. This shiny form of ice is one of the most slippery road conditions. Black ice is likely to form first under bridges and overpasses, in shady spots and at intersections. Remember, bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways.
[spacer size=”20″]Braking and accelerating. Be careful with anti-lock brakes. If your brakes happen to lock, release them to avoid sliding. This will help to regain steering. Make sure to brake gently to avoid skidding.
[spacer size=”20″]If you begin to skid:
1. Do not slam on the brakes.
2. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, quickly.
3. Then, steer in the direction you want your truck to go.
4. Before the rear wheels stop skidding, shift to drive and gently press the accelerator.
Do not ask your truck to do more than it can. If you feel uncomfortable driving, park it!
Finally, always wear your seat belt.