Heavy Hauling Tips for Safe Winter Trucking
Heavy haul trucking presents several risks and difficulties even for expert drivers and on ordinary days. Naturally, this task gets even more challenging during the inclement winter atmosphere. Many different types of hazards can take place on the way. Identifying the potential issues and remaining prepared for these untoward incidents is critical to ensuring safety for the truckers.
Mentioned below are some of the common issues faced by the truckers during the winter season.
- The most dangerous part of driving a heavy hauler during winter is the frigid temperatures. Some of the vehicle’s existing issues can get amplified by the cold climate. This includes rough idling, poor performance, reduced battery power, and a higher chance of a breakdown.
- Unpredictable weather conditions can reduce visibility and make the roads extremely treacherous.
- Black ice is another serious danger to watch out for. It is particularly hazardous because it remains invisible.
- Equipment failure can take place at any point of time. However, the low visibility and subzero temperatures can aggravate the problem because the necessary parts or tools may not be available on the way. This is why emergency preparedness is extremely important.
The most important one amongst all heavy hauling tips for winter is to inspect the vehicle thoroughly. In addition to the equipment being transported, several vehicle parts must be checked before hitting the road. This includes the tie-down points, hydraulic hoses, engine oil, tire pressure, brakes, heater and defroster, windows and mirrors, lights, and windshield wiper fluid levels.
Other Winter Safety Tips for Truckers:
- Always be aware of the current weather conditions as well as the forecast for the next few days. This will help anticipate the probable road conditions and take necessary safety measures.
- The truckers must dress properly to remain warm. Some of the things they need are driving gloves, lined hats, winter coat or jacket, thermal underwear, insulated socks, and winter boots with rubber soles.
- In order to prevent the truck from tipping out of balance and resist equipment damage, the load must be distributed evenly and secured properly. This will also help prevent hazardous chemical spills, equipment loss, injuries, and fatality.
- Always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and stay away from large groups of vehicles.
- Drive slowly on snow- or ice-covered roads.
- Keep the windscreen as clean as possible so that you can see if there’s anything ahead or beside you. Whenever required, turn on the defroster or clean the windshield using the windshield fluid.
- When the entire vehicle is not straight on the road, excessive use of the foot brake must be avoided. If the streets are covered in ice, the compression release engine brake should not be used.
- If you are caught in the middle of a blizzard, park your vehicle and wait for the weather to improve. Don’t forget to remove snow from the exhaust pipe and ensure proper ventilation by leaving a window slightly open.
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