How to Adjust
When the weather starts to turn cold, many people start bundling up and staying indoors. But for truck drivers, this is just the beginning of winter. Driving in cold weather can be difficult, but with a few adjustments, you can stay safe and comfortable behind the wheel. The truck driving job pros will discuss how to adjust to driving in cold weather conditions!
The first thing you should do is prepare your truck for the cold weather. Check that all lights are working, and make sure there’s enough antifreeze in your radiator! You can also add sandbags to increase traction on slick roads or use chains if necessary; this will help prevent skidding while driving with snow or ice present.
Next up: check the tires! Make sure they have plenty of tread depth so they don’t slip when it gets wet outside – no one wants their truck sliding around like a hockey puck on an ice rink! Always keep them at least half full because tire pressure drops as temperature rises (and vice versa). Also consider adding weight over each axle which helps distribute more evenly across all four wheels instead just the two in the front or back.
Now that your truck is ready for winter weather, it’s time to adjust how you drive! In general, you will want to drive slower and give yourself more room to stop. Braking distances increase exponentially in icy conditions, so always use caution when coming to a stop. Accelerate slowly and avoid hard braking whenever possible – this will help keep your truck under control. If you do start to skid, remember to steer into the skid (not away from it) and hit the brakes gently until you have regained traction.
Last but not least: be sure to check on your cargo! Make sure any sensitive items are well-protected against the cold weather and that nothing has shifted during transit so your truck remains balanced at all times. Also, keep an eye out for any low hanging branches or tree limbs that may have fallen due to snow accumulation.
Becoming a professional driver takes some time and practice but with these tips you’ll be well on your way! Just remember: always use caution when driving during winter months – especially if there is snow/ice present. Stay safe out there!