Tips for Winter Driving
Ice On Your Windshield Means Ice On The Road.
Thin sheets of ice are still a problem. It does not have to be piled up to be dangerous.
Talk to People – Use your CB.
Talk to the drivers around you. Find a seasoned flatbed driver with a healthy respect for weather to help you. Communicate about specific incidents and locations. The more you know, the better decisions you can make.
Don’t Follow Too Close.
Stay away from four-wheelers. They are often under the illusion that because tractor-trailers are on the road, it must be safe enough for them to drive on too.
Watch for Warning Signs.
If you see tire marks or four-wheelers spun out on the shoulders, conditions are dangerous enough for them to slide into you. If you see big trucks spun out, it’s time to get off the road.
Some great things to have on hand are:
• Extra blankets, hats, scarves and gloves
• Canned food and a can opener
• A flashlight
• Plenty of water
• Jumper Cables
• A tire repair kit and flares
• Keep your fuel tanks topped off
• Keep your cell phone charged
• Keeping your truck keys on a retractable clip can save your life if you drop them in deep snow.
Treat Your Diesel.
Diesel gels when it gets too cold. You need to put an anti-gel additive in your tank BEFORE you fuel, so it mixes. Keep extra bottles on hand in case truck stops are out of stock.
Know The Chain Laws.
Every state’s chain laws are different. Here is a useful link for every state’s laws.
These are just a few safe winter driving tips. Please contribute your tips for safe winter driving below. The more ideas that are shared, the safer our roads will be!