Spring brings frequent rain, which can create dangerous driving situations. Because of this it’s important to adjust your driving according to weather conditions. Explore tips for truckers driving in rain:
When you’re driving on a rainy day, the most important advice we can give is to slow down. Even as little as half an inch of water on the road forces your truck’s tires to displace a gallon of water per second to maintain contact with the road. Driving at a slower speed will help you stay in control.
You can also avoid hydroplaning by leaving extra space between you and other vehicles. Make sure you increase the following distance between your truck and the vehicle ahead to have enough stopping time. A fully loaded tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds traveling under ideal conditions at a speed of 65 miles per hour will take 525 feet to stop, which is almost the length of two football fields. You should also start to slow down earlier before intersections and when turning.
Respond To A Skid
Even if you’re being extra cautious, skidding can still happen. If you feel your truck beginning to slide, don’t panic. Instead continue looking and steering in the direction you want the truck to go without slamming on your brakes. This will help you regain control.
Use Wipers And Headlights
It might seem obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to remind you to always turn on your headlights and wipers in rainy conditions. It is important that you are able to see and be seen by other vehicles on the road.
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