There are some dangerous truck driving weather conditions for the truck drivers and companies and because of this; they should stick to some precautions so as to avoid the possible accidents. When the weather is not good for instance, when there is snow, ice and mist, the driver will not have a smooth drive. He/she should be careful and drive with caution. Careless driving in such occasions may result in a disaster and therefore all the truck drivers should be aware of the necessary precautions. Such precautions should be provided by the Truck Company and even train the drivers about them. Below are some important precautions that should be considered:
1. Tires Should Be Properly Inflated to the Right Pressure and Threaded
This is paramount when driving in adverse weather conditions such as snow, fog or even heavy rains. The trucks are huge, and this means that the tires should be in good condition to support the entire mass of the vehicle. It is the task of the driver and the truck company to ensure that the tires have enough pressure to support the whole truck and provide a smooth motion. The treads should also be in good condition to avoid slip. The tires without proper threads may slide off the road and will cause havoc in such weather condition. TireRack.com has great information and added links about tire pressure.
2. The Driver Should Have Proper Clothing
The health of the driver and other people in the vehicle is also crucial especially in such weather condition. There exist safety wears such as boots; helmet and a proper jacket that will not only prevent cold but will also ensure that in case of any emergency, the driver will be safe. The jacket and the boots should be waterproof and durable so as to protect one from the adverse weather condition. The truck company should provide such safety wears to all the truck drivers and train them on the importance of wearing them.
3. The Truck Driver Should Maintain The Required Speed Limits
This is another crucial aspect that all truck drivers should understand. While driving in adverse weather condition, the way will not be clear like for the case of ordinary circumstances. There are speed limits that are safe and should be adhered to by all, drivers. There are some cases where the drivers over-speed in such conditions, and they are likely to cause accidents. Even without the speed limit signs, the driver should use his/her skills as a driver and know the required speeds at different occasions. Therefore, one should not over speed in such cases.
Get The Ever Essential Rest
4. A Truck Driver Should Have Enough Rest And Never Drive Under Influence Or When Tired
We did a post before about stopping driver negligence, go here to read it.With that in mind, it is also important for all the drivers to have enough rest before driving trucks in such weather condition. He/she should be given breaks and enough meals to avoid fatigue. When the drivers have enough rest, they will concentrate on the road, and thus no accident will occur. The truck company should also advise them to avoid driving such trucks while under influence as this may lead to reckless driving that will result in accidents.