Winter is one of the most beautiful times of year. The magical view of falling snow accompanied by holiday music is enough to make anyone relax… unless you’re on the road for a living. It’s easy to get comfortable with driving in above average weather conditions from April to October, but as November rolls around it’s important to revisit the basics of driving in inclement weather. Some things to take into consideration this Winter;
Not only should you never drive too close to the person in front of you, but if the weather is bad this is an accident waiting to happen. If you notice that the weather is bad, the cars around you do as well and they will tend to slow down and brake unexpectedly. Just by size of your truck alone it will make it hard to stop quickly enough to avoid hitting them, without even taking the weight of your load into account.
Don’t get too confident.
This may seem like it doesn’t even need to be said, but even the best drivers in any vehicle can find themselves in an accident caused by bad weather. You can’t control the weather, but you can control how you drive, so do so with extreme caution.
Don’t let yourself get distracted.
Driving in snow and ice is hard, but driving in snow and ice while you’re distracted is way harder. Keep your phone, tablets, or other devices put away while driving in bad weather. Find some good radio stations to keep yourself occupied while driving, but keep the volume low!