Dealing with Extreme Winter Weather

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Written by Mike Skliar

The extreme weather condition is part of winter. As a truck driver, who are more exposed to it, you should know how to handle many situations. Our tips will help you to plan ahead, have proper inventory, and be aware of any situation that may occur.

Heavy Snow

Snowing in winter? Seems pretty logical. However, when it is too much snow, and the situation on the road becomes ugly, you should be prepared. Tire chains are the first step in fighting with snow. 

If your movement becomes hard, consider getting off the road. In this case, extra warm clothing and food in the truck are a must-have; because you don’t know for how long you’ll be immobile.

Sometimes, days can pass before the snow will be cleared, and the road will be safe again. Get enough fuel, a shovel, and the most important – hand warmers.

Freezing Rain

This is one of the most insidious types of weather. You can’t predict how bad it will be and how it will affect the road. The worst thing in freezing rain is patches of black ice and poor visibility that are highly dangerous. 

So the best reaction to the freezing rain to safely get off the road until the conditions become better. 

Extremely Low Temperatures

When you got caught in intense cold, find the nearest truck stop, gas station, any place where you can wait out the cold. The main goal is not to let the truck engine to freeze. If you have enough fuel – put it on an idle to keep the temperature.

Strong Winds

Strong wind can not only blow your truck off the road but can make the snow cover in ice. When the road is turning into a skating rink, you can’t drive safely. 

Try to find the nearest safe space to stop. It is better to wait until the wind becomes weaker than being blown off the road.

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Author Mike Skliar

As the truck driver recruiting agency's CEO, I deeply understand the unique challenges and demands truck drivers face.

Drawing from my extensive work experience, I bring knowledge in truck driver recruitment, logistics, and transportation management. I possess a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, safety standards, and best practices, ensuring that the agency adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and compliance.

Now, looking back and remembering my path from the very beginning, it seems to me that this story is a lifetime. During all these years of development and growth of our agency, I took part in no less interesting projects in which my experience, knowledge and vision were needed. And I was also able to gain new skills, contacts and experience by participating in the development of these projects from various fields, such as cargo transportation, trucking companies, e-commerce, parcel delivery and much more! But the best is yet to come!

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