Anyone who has been a trucker for many years can probably tell you countless stories about blizzards and icy storms. Especially now, when companies like Amazon rely on truck drivers to make incredibly fast deliveries in two days or less, it’s important for all truckers to know how to keep their trucks and themselves safe in winter storms.
Before the temperatures fall, take these precautions to ensure that your truck will keep you safe and sound.
Check and Double-Check
Before you head out on the road, check that everything on your truck is in great working condition. Nothing drains your battery quicker than cold air and nothing ruins your tires quicker than icy roads. Check that your radiator belts are in good condition and that you are well stocked on antifreeze solution. Make sure you have plenty of wiper fluid and that your blades can withstand potentially freezing rain. For a final step, take a peek under the hood to ensure all is being filtered and regulated correctly.
Keep Your Fuel Clean
Dirty diesel can be fatal, especially in the winter. Extreme weather can cause water to leak into your fuel, which can cause leakages and infestations of microorganisms like fungi and bacteria. Accessories such as a diesel fuel inline sight glass make it easy to keep an eye on the quality of your fuel.
Make sure your truck is consistently stocked with anything you may need in an emergency situation on the road. Most importantly, make sure you have a CB radio in order to communicate with other drivers. Additionally, it might be a good idea to stock up on:
- Extra cold weather clothing including gloves, hand warmers, and socks
- Flashlight (don’t forget the batteries)
- Tool kit
- Extra fuel, anti-gel, and antifreeze
It only takes a few minutes to ensure that you and your truck will both be safe on the road during winter storms. When the weather outside is frightful, all you need to do is drive cautiously so that you’re prepared to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.