As a truck driver, you are likely no stranger to driving during the winter months. You probably know it is unsafe to continue driving like you normally do during dry conditions when roads are wet, icy, or snowy.
However, even the most skilled drivers can use a refresher from time to time, especially if you haven’t had to drive in inclement weather in a while. Here are three tips for staying safe while driving a semi-truck this winter:
#1 - Don’t use your truck’s Jake Brake on slippery roads.
As you know, the use of your Jake Brake when roads are slippery due to rain, ice, and snow, can be very dangerous. If you are on a snowy or icy road, you must straighten out the entire truck before using the Jake Brake. If you don’t, you run the risk of jackknifing.
#2 - Have your vehicle thoroughly inspected.
Before heading out on any particularly long trips, it’s a good idea to have your vehicle inspected and serviced by a professional. Even though federal regulations require that your vehicle be serviced regularly, it’s still a good idea to make sure everything is in proper working order before embarking on your long journey.
#3 - Drive slower.
It may be tempting to try and drive quickly through winter weather, but it is not in your best interest to do so. The last thing you want is to get into an accident that could have been prevented by driving slower.
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