No matter your level of experience, driving in the snow is a dangerous endeavor. If you’ve never driven on snowy roads before, it’s good to familiarize yourself with some safety tips. Maybe you’ve already had to drive on snowy roads, it’s still a good idea to refresh yourself with what to do. To help you stay safe, here are a few snow trucking safety tips:
When you accelerate in the snow, you want to make sure to take it slowly and steadily. Same thing goes for deceleration. You don’t want to do it too quickly, otherwise you won’t be able to get traction as easily. Worse, you might begin skidding. Take your time. It could save your life.
Drive slowly in the snow. It’s simply inevitable that it will take longer while you’re driving in the snow. Let off the accelerator. Allow yourself extra time to do everything.
You probably know the rule of thumb for following distance. Keep four seconds behind the person ahead of you. However, when you’re driving in the snow, you will want to double that. Since stopping will be harder, you’ll need the extra space between you and the person in front of you.
While this might sound like a bizarre piece of advice, it’s a good idea to try to avoid stopping in snowy conditions. When you’re coming up to a stop light, try to just slow down instead of coming to a complete stop. Just try to slow down enough to keep moving until the light turns green. The reason for this is because it takes a great deal of inertia to start moving again when you’re stopped compared to when you’re still moving. Even if you’re only moving a little bit.
Furthermore, it’s extremely important to avoid stopping on a hill especially. While on a flat surface, you can still conceivable begin moving again. When you’re on a hill, it might be close to impossible (depending on the type of truck you have). Worse, if you try to power up the hill after stopping, your wheel might just spin out instead of moving forward.
Ultimately, this is the best way to stay safe in snowy conditions. Really think about if you need to leave your home when the conditions are bad. Even if you have experience driving on snowy roads, you still have to worry about the other drivers. You could still get into an accident at no fault of your own. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, don’t drive in the snow. Stay home and enjoy the snow, instead.