The holiday season is one of the most stressful times to travel. When you’re a truck driver, you can’t avoid the road, which is why we’ve come up with five holiday driving tips for truckers.
1. Make sure your truck is ready
Before winter fully sets in, conduct a thorough inspection of your truck. Some key things to check are tire pressure, fluid levels, the radiator and the cooling system
2. Pack an emergency kit
It’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your truck at all times, but it’s especially important in the winter. Some things you should include are an external portable phone charger, blankets, a flashlight, bottled water, a fire extinguisher, flares, jumper cables, chains and extra winter clothes.
3. Take your time
The most important thing to bring with you during winter driving is your patience. Always make sure you are leaving early enough in case you run into traffic or bad weather. When you’re dealing with snow, hail or icy streets, you should take your time and drive well below the speed limit.
4. Travel when it’s light out
There are less hours of daylight in winter, but you should arrange your schedule so that you are only driving during these hours whenever possible. It is much more difficult to see icy patches and other possible dangers at night.
5. Always keep your tank filled
You should always keep your gas tank more than halfway full to avoid freezing. The gas itself won’t freeze, but when your tank is less than halfway full, there could be condensation that freezes.
Check out more driver safety tips in our past blogs: