Winter is arriving and presents a major challenge for transportation professionals in many parts of the country. Whether facing snowdrifts, torrential rains, ice patches, or just shortened days, the likelihood of an accident increases. Driving safely should always be a high priority, but this is especially true in winter. There are, however, a number of steps that can be taken to avoid commonly contributing accident factors. These include:
- Checking the local/regional weather forecasts; don't let a storm take you by surprise
- Allow extra time for weather delays; setting expectations realistic to the road conditions
- Winterize equipment; tires, belts, chains, defrosters, wipers, and other equipment should be ready for inclement weather
- Decreased speed in all areas; decreasing speed as appropriate will ultimately benefit everyone
- Increased following distance; longer stopping distance in bad weather is critical in avoiding accidents
Tips provided with permission of California Trucking News
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