8 Precautions for heavy-duty vehicle drivers during winter
Heavy-duty commercial vehicle drivers face many challenges on daily basis. The challenges become very difficult with the arrival of winter. According to a recent report from US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), twenty-one percent of accidents on the highways are due to bad weather conditions. In this post, we are going to enlighten eight Precautions for heavy-duty commercial drivers during winter: Watch the Weather Forecast: Always Plan your journey before leaving. Continuous monitor weather forecasts through news and other mediums such as weather mobile apps. In case of fog or rainfall, cancel or postpone your trip till the weather is reasonable to drive. Inspect Your Vehicle Daily: Inspecting your vehicle daily helps prevent breakdowns and unfortunate events like collisions. During winter, normally the liquid in the radiator of the vehicle is frozen due to extremely low temperatures causing the delivery hoses to retract. Daily inspection can help you overcome such obstacles. Install Defogger and Defroster: In areas where the temperature is very low, usually foggy weather engulfs the vehicle’s windshields and side mirrors making it difficult for the drivers to look forward. To overcome this situation, one should install a defogger or a defroster system in their vehicle. Maintain your distance: Internationally, most driving institutions and authorities encourage drivers to maintain a safe distance as per the three-second rule i.e. “When the vehicle in front of you passes a stationary object on the side of the road, begin counting ‘One-Thousand and One, One-Thousand and Two, One-Thousand and Three’, Then, you should pass that same object” Watch Your Speed: SPEED KILLS! We all have heard this phrase as a fact that is supported by facts and figures that determine that most road accidents become fatal due to over-speeding. In winter, the speed should be reduced to prevent commercial drivers from accidents. NEVER try to bypass standard speed limits as they could cause devastating damage. Watch for slippery roads and Black Ice: In the regions where the temperature in winter is lower than the freezing point of water i.e. 0°C, slippery roads are extremely hazardous and difficult to spot. For easy spotting of black ice on road, drivers should look forward to the other vehicles’ tires as they will stop spraying water. Keep your head and tail lights clean: Before and during the journey, drivers should clean their heads and tail lights for better visibility for other drivers. This reduces the chances of collision in foggy weather and helps drivers to act proactively. Watch for Your Blind spots: Blind spots are the regions around the vehicle where the driver cannot see other vehicles as they are not covered with the side and rear mirrors. While turning and stopping their vehicle, drivers should look through their windows and avoid sudden brakes as they could cause crashes and collisions.