It is that time of year again– the temperature is dropping, the snow is falling, and a long winter is coming. Winter is a difficult season for those in the trucking industry, as hazardous road conditions create a dangerous driving environment for truckers.
The winter months demand increased safety measures and supplemental equipment in order to keep rigs (and drivers) from expensive damage. Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty suspects that adverse weather can cost the trucking industry north of $3.5 billion each year.
Trucker’s Guide for Winter
So, what measures can your trucking company take to beat old man winter and avoid these expenses?
How To Prepare for Winter as a Trucker
- Make sure the truck has winter gear
You don’t want to be caught in a blizzard without the tools you need to get the rig to its destination. Here is what every truck should carry with it in the winter
2. Extra windshield washer fluid
3. Windshield scraper
4. Bungee cords
7. A bag of salt or sand
- Make sure that the trucker has winter gear
That’s right, it isn’t enough just to make sure that the truck is properly fitted—the trucker must also have the correct winter gear! Here is what every savvy trucker should carry with them during the winter months:
1. Blankets and warm bedding
2. A couple of hats, pairs of (waterproof) gloves, scarves, and thermal socks
3. Reflective vest
4. Boots—preferably with great traction
5. A day’s worth of food and water
6. A couple of packs of hand/feet warmers
- Drive cautiously
This should go without saying, but one of the best things that truckers can do to make it through winter scot-free is to slow down. Don’t speed, follow the road signs, and always make sure that your truck has at least a half-tank of gas. Getting stranded on the side of a highway during a blizzard because you were going too fast is not worth a couple of minutes you could’ve saved by exceeding the speed limit. Safe driving is smart driving.
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