Driving in clear conditions can be very stressful for any driver, but add in a wintry mix and it can be downright treacherous. Blowing snow, fog, ice buildup on the windshield, and overspray from passing vehicles are just a few hazards that can limit visibility and make an 80,000 pound tractor-trailer less conspicuous. Here are some tips to minimize winter weather hazards:
- Keep windows and mirrors clean
- Wipe off marker lights, headlights, taillights, and reflective tape
- Carry extra windshield washer solvent and cleaning rags on each trip
- Make sure all mirrors are adjusted properly and are in working condition
- Wear UV and polarized sunglasses to help reduce sun glare
- Replace worn wiper blades
- Remove snow from atop the tractor and trailer (but do not climb on top to prevent injuries!)
While these steps will not eliminate all hazards, they can make it easier to see and be seen. In addition, keep in mind the Essential 7 Driving Techniques:
- Maintain proper following distance
- Observe proper speed for conditions
- Avoid distractions
- Be attentive to the road ahead
- React properly to hazards
- Maintain one lane
- Yield the right of way
Interested in what’s in store for the trucking industry in the year ahead? Trucker News has listed scheduled events for 2016. Come and take a look!
Ever wonder what the next big step in safety may be? Last summer, Samsung has shown us what may be the future in preventing accidents caused by drivers attempting to overtake semis by attaching wireless cameras to the front of the truck and displaying the view on the back doors on a large screen.
Love or hate it, however, the idea is unlikely to be seen in public for a while – Samsung is still currently testing out the idea and working to comply with national protocols.
2015 was an eventful year – TruckingInfo.com has listed the biggest acts for truckers passed in the year. How do you feel about these changes? How has 2015 been for you? Sound off on our Facebook page!
With the amount of sitting involved in driving, it’s no surprise that back pain can be a continual risk for truckers. Thankfully, there are many resources for finding exercises to both alleviate and prevent back pain, such as the Healthy Trucker, Trucker News, and other articles, including this piece by XRS. Be sure to stay safe and healthy!