Werner’s Winter Driving Safety Tips:
Our semi-truck repair shop in St. Edward recommends you prepare your semi-truck ahead of this looming winter season. Their safety tips for winter driving include this quick list of items to have professionally checked on your rig for the winter season.
As a long haul or OTR driver you’ll likely face freezing rain, ice and snow at some point in your career. Winter conditions can cause delays and slow driving, but even more, they can be deadly if you are unprepared.
More detailed information about our quick list of safety tips for winter driving.
Have your antifreeze/coolant checked before winter hits. It only takes a short time for a professional to check the levels and quality of your antifreeze. Be sure you are using a good quality product for a heavy-duty-diesel application.
A properly installed air dryer will filter out water vapor, oil vapor and other contaminants, preventing them from reaching the air tanks and valves. This not only extends the life of your air valves, but helps keep them from freezing up during the cold months of winter.
Good quality tires in good condition are always important for safety and delivery of your load. When dealing with winter driving conditions, they become even more valuable..
A block heater keeps the engine warm for easier starting in the winter months, the engine oil is less viscous and there is less condensation of the fuel.
At Werner Trucking we always recommend you carry extra items with you in case you find yourself in an emergency or even stranded.
- A few extra gallons of fuel treatment and oil
- Food – Throw in a few energy bars and a couple bottles of water. Resist the temptation to snack on them and save them in case you do become stranded.
Keep your fuel tanks as full as possible. Don’t take off on a long run with ¼ tank of fuel.
Take along a few tools and a flashlight with extra batteries!
What else can you do? Other safety tips for winter driving include avoiding the use of the cruise control on ice and snow packed roads. Take extra time, leave a little earlier and don’t rush. Leave some extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Drive even more defensively under winter conditions.