Winter Wonderland - But Make It Safe

With December here and the weather temperatures starting to decline, we know it's just a matter of time until the snow starts to fly. It's time to ask yourself, are you prepared for winter? For those of us that live in the midwestern states, you would think by now we would be used to winter. Unfortunately, every year it still seems to take us by surprise. To help ease the stress of winter driving, we compiled a list of tips and tricks that will hopefully help you get through this winter as unscathed as possible.

Be Prepared

There are many different ways to be prepared when it comes to winter driving. Winter weather can be unpredictable. The best place to start when planning a trip is to check with weather forecast. We know that we can't prevent everything that could possibly happen, but we can try to get ahead of the storm. It doesn't matter if you are in your personal vehicle or a company truck, we all need to strive to be the safest we can while out on the road this winter.

While driving - Slow down, two hands on the wheel, maintain extra space between you and those ahead of you and be sure to brake slowly.

Do you have an emergency kit? Although it may sound simple, keeping little thing in your car, truck or semi could make a huge difference if you ever have an emergency out on the road. A few things to keep with you during the winter months are:

  • Waterproof/Winter Boots
  • Insulated Socks
  • Heavy Coat
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Clothing
  • Extra Blankets
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Bottled water

Before Hitting the Road

Check all fluids - make sure your fluids are topped off and take extra with you when traveling.

Debris - check your vehicle, truck & trailer for chunks of ice, snow or any other debris that could fall off and cause damage you or someone else.

Check your tires - did you know that colder temperatures can make your tire inflation drop? While you're at it, make sure your tread depths meet the FMCSA regulations and there are no bumps, cracks etc. in your tires.

Maintain 3 points of contact - a great way to avoid trips and falls, especially during the winter, is to always maintain 3 points of contact when climbing in and out of your rig. Move slowly, deliberately and always look before you step.

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