Trucking in High Winds
We all know how weather such as snow, ice, and rain can affect a trucker’s ability to navigate their semi-truck safely. We often overlook another dangerous weather condition: Wind. High winds make driving a big bus or truck much more hazardous. High winds make driving more challenging. The surface of the trailer creates a considerable area that catches the wind; it’s called the “sail area.” This can cause the trailer to move and may lead to an otherwise preventable truck accident.
Truck drivers must be aware of windy conditions and how to drive in them safely. The best way to proceed in high winds is to slow down or pull over and stop when it is safe to do so.
Safety Measures to Take While Driving in the Wind
Know the sail area: The sail area varies for each truck.
Secure all doors and exposed items: Check over your truck before getting into the drivers’ seat. A few minutes of prevention can spare you from disaster later.
Pre-trip inspection: Complete your pre-trip inspections.
Be aware of upcoming weather: Be prepared for the weather along your route. You do not want to be surprised.
Pay attention to signage: Windsocks, road signs, and blowing trees are good indicators of wind conditions that you may encounter. Pay attention to the warning signs and slow down so that the wind has less effect on you.
Empty trailers are more dangerous because an empty rig is not as heavy as a loaded one. Winds could cause problems as even the smallest amount could affect an unloaded trailer.
When in doubt, slow down or stop: Under any circumstance, including weather, road construction, restricted views, or any possible hazard, slow down to a safe speed or stop if appropriate.
If you have any other suggestions for truck driving in high winds, feel free to contact us! Stay safe!!