Goods need to be delivered nationwide every day of the year, and winter is no exception. Working OTR driving jobs in the Midwest can pose great difficulties with its unpredictable weather in the winter. To keep your truck, and the drivers around you safe all winter long, you will need to go the extra mile to ensure a safe trip for all.
This should be obvious, but it’s often not. When in doubt, you should slow down when the road loses grip or visibility, and turn on the hazard lights if needed. And please, find a place to stop if conditions don’t improve.
Chains at the Ready
When you drive, and the road gets slippery, it can get extremely dangerous. You won’t be able to brake your truck with confidence, and the trailer might fish-tail out when you make a turn. Rather than making friends with the runaway truck ramp, it’s important to have metal chains on your tires before heading out on snowy roads. It takes five minutes, and can save a life. However, once the roads are clear again, remove the chains as it can damage the pavement unnecessarily.
Check the Brakes
When temperatures really fall, it is possible for brakes to freeze and put you in a dangerous position. Before you head out on the road, you should always examine all brake drums, both on your cab and trailer. Brake drums frozen to the wheels can be knocked back into a place with a hammer.
The open road is a dangerous place, but it doesn’t have to be. By practicing safe behaviors, you can ensure a safe job, well done.
All of our articles are written by various members of the TDC team.