Recommendations for driving on snow
During the winter, the roads become more dangerous than usual; we want to make some recommendations for driving in the snow. Apply them to stay safe on the road and return home healthy, where your family is waiting for you.
1. Driving on snow and ice
Driving in these weather conditions can be pretty challenging, so one of the first things you can do to mitigate the risks is to stay up-to-date with your truck’s Preventive Maintenance Schedule. Ensure you also have the right tires; remember that if excessive tire wear is dangerous even in wet conditions, imagine what it can be in the snow.
2. Speed control
It is true that when you drive on snow or ice, what you want most is to get to your destination fast. However, it is precisely in those moments that you should be aware of the responsibility you have regarding speed control. It doesn’t matter if other drivers exceed the limit; make sure you don’t.
3. Avoid traffic
The best thing to do is always avoid highly congested areas, take shortcuts, calculate when you start the journey, etc. However, when this is impossible, try to keep as much distance from other vehicles.
4. Snow chains
There are several chains; we can find conventional metal ones, which offer maximum security and long duration. We recommend you practice putting them on dry ground before using them in icy or snowy circumstances. Spikes – Spider; they are easy to assemble and can be used with various tires. Finally, there are the cloth chains, which on the list are the cheapest but also the least safe; They are useful for traveling short distances and, like other types of chains, they must be washed after each use to remove dirt and salt caused by snow
5. Gelled fuel
At shallow temperatures, the paraffin solidifies, which in turn causes the fuel to thicken and blockages. It is recommended to use fuel with kerosene to reduce the viscosity and thus allow a better fluidity of the oil. You must get advice regarding the products you use and verify that each is the right one for your truck.
As per general recommendations, the truck’s windshield and the truck’s van must always be in perfect condition. As much as possible, store your vehicle in a covered space to prevent it from being exposed to shallow temperatures or snowfall. Frequently check the fuel and the level of the coolant and oil since they tend to become dense with the cold. Check the condition of the tires and the correct operation of the lights.
Your safety and other’s people safety on the road also depends on how careful you are while behind the wheel. Apply our recommendations to the letter and follow us on our social networks as @usa.truck.borkers for more informative content about the trucking industry.