When it comes to driving, the weather conditions are always a concern and have a big impact on road safety. Rain, snow, and ice all effect the conditions of the road and pose a big threat for truck drivers. Severe weather can impact drivers in many ways including delays, accidents, and roads being shut down.
The following are our top tips for handling environmental conditions and staying safe.
- Slow Down
There is no need to speed or go above the speed limit in any instance – but that holds especially true for severe weather conditions. Take it easy and understand that safety is more important than getting to your destination quickly. Roads get slippery and reducing speed will keep yourself and those around you safe.
- Give Yourself Plenty of Space
When bad weather strikes, you do not want to be on the tail of another vehicle. Make sure you are giving yourself plenty of space. The reasoning for this is in case you hit a bad spot, such as black ice, and cannot stop yourself quick enough. You don’t want to increase your chances of hitting another vehicle – and proper spacing will improve these chances.
- Pull Over
Some storms are no joke. When you are caught in the middle of a big storm – whether it be hail, intense rain, or a blizzard, do not hesitate to find a safe place to pull over until the storm calms down. No job or delivery is worth your life. Exit the road and find a safe, warm place to wait it out.
US Transport does not take the safety of our drivers lightly – a life too valuable! Be sure to keep all these safety tips in mind for the next time you experience any weather that is severe.
Have more questions about distractions and truck safety? Reach out to us and we would be happy to talk.