SNOW SNOW SNOW
Hello fellow drivers. Wanted to remind everyone on the upcoming snow driving.
WINTER DRIVING TIPS FOR CDL DRIVERS
Winter can cause many problems. Whether its rain, freezing rain, wind, or snow, truck drivers
must be prepared to face the hazards winter driving brings. Without proper preparation, these
conditions can cause senseless losses.
The most frequent reasons for winter weather related accidents are:
Limited or reduced visibility
Limited or reduced traction
Aggressive braking on a slick road
Inability to judge safe speed for
Poor shifting skills on a slick road
Poor negotiation of a curve
Failure to prepare vehicle properly
Failure to plan route properly
Failure to adapt to changing weather
Proper planning, preparation, and driving can result in successful completion of each trip.
Do a thorough pre-trip inspection. Do a visual, hands-on inspection and check all
important items, including tires, wiper blades and fluid and lights. Check your vehicle
Plan your trip accordingly - Check weather forecasts; chart fuel and meal stops; allow
extra time for traffic delays
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 "never" tailgate. Try to build as much
separation between you and other vehicles. Keep at least a ten (10) second following
distance when driving on snow and ice covered roads.
Black Ice: Black Ice is a weather phenomenon which forms on the road. Its shine can fool
drivers into thinking its water. It is one of the most slippery road conditions and is likely to
form first under bridges & overpasses, shady spots and intersections.
Get in the habit of easing up on bridges. Bridges & overpasses are often the most
dangerous in the winter since they freeze before roadways
Brake gently to avoid skidding
Turn on your lights and Keep them clean. Many states require drivers to keep their
headlights on if windshield wipers are on.
Turn OFF the cruise control - Don't use cruise control on icy roads
Watch for melting or hard-packed snow and strong side winds
Check for ice by feeling the back of your mirror; watching for spray off tires
Watch for your trailer pushing you on curves and turns
Use caution near intersections. Never assume that because you have the green light that the
intersection will be clear. Keep your head and eyes moving.
Stay in one lane as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary lane changes.
Keep 2 hands on the wheel, 2 eyes on the road, your mind focused on driving.
If you don't feel comfortable driving, Park it.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS wear your seat belt.
Thank you stay safe!