semi-truck driving in the winter

Tips for Truck Driving in the Winter Weather

How to Stay Safe During the Winter Months

At United Truck Driving School, we like to focus on truly preparing our students for the roadway. We try to keep safety in the forefront of the minds of our students. With winter upon us, soon the snow will be too. Even though we might not encounter a large amount of snow here in Southern California, our students venture all throughout the country.

Here are some vital tips to keeping you safe on the road this winter:

  1. Maintain additional spacing between you and the vehicles in front of you. By creating additional space, you will have more time to correct your vehicle or break if the vehicle in front or beside you begins to slide or lose control.
  2. Along with maintaining additional spacing, scan ahead. It is crucial to scan even further ahead of your truck to read road conditions. Make sure to take into account how other vehicles and trucks are reacting to conditions in the roadway in front of you.
  3. Regulate your speed accordingly. Typically it is safer to maintain a slower speed in unfavorable conditions. It is also important to maintain a steady speed. The more you accelerate and decelerate the greater your risk of sliding on snow and ice. Steadily increase and decrease your speed when needing to change speeds and take into account how your truck reacts and how it feels on the road.
  4. High-risk areas are especially important to be aware of in the winter. Bridges and overpasses are at high risk of freezing in the winter. Be aware that the low point between two hills could also have frozen over when snow and ice melted and refroze at the bottom.

There is no guarantee that any one thing could save you from an accident. Utilizing safe driving practices this winter will definitely decrease the odds of a disaster. If you have any questions about safe driving or becoming a student, please feel free to reach out and contact us.