As a truck driver, you know the dangers winter poses to drivers better than almost anybody else. Despite the inevitability of snow and ice, however, there are things you can do to reduce your risk while driving in the winter. First, don’t follow too closely. Your truck requires a longer stopping distance anyway, but in wet or slick conditions, that stopping distance is magnified greatly.
Also, watch for warning signs as you’re driving. If cars or even other trucks are spinning out, sliding, or have begun to pull over en masse, consider following suit. Smaller passenger cars might be more susceptible to the dangers of winter driving than you, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to them. Remember to always carry supplies in your truck (canned food, a can opener, warm clothes, a blanket, water, etc.) to be used in the event of a winter emergency.
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