It is almost an understatement to say it has been a horrible winter across the U.S. for 2013 and 2014. Cities from coast to coast have set (or come close to breaking) snowfall total records, and even though we’re in the southeastern part of the country, we’ve been feeling its effects.
On top of record snowfall numbers, low temperatures and wicked ice storms have left many major roads blocked and damaged for long stretches—and the trucking industry that has taken a direct hit due to the weather.
Tonnage rates dropped 4.3 percent and accident rates have risen, so what can the average trucker do to remain safe during the dangerous winter months? There are a number of different ways to stay safe and productive, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
- Don’t play it by ear! Map an exact route before you start your drive.
- Check weather reports in advance. With so many weather website available, it will help you do you best to avoid extreme weather conditions.
- Clear all the ice and snow from your truck.
- Lower speeds and give a larger space cushion to other vehicles.
- Watch for black ice—if the spray from trucks in front of you stops, then black ice is more than likely around.
- Fasten your safety belts at all times.
Because our scales play a large role in the trucking industry, we wanted to reiterate the importance of safety, and while there are many other tips from the ATA to checkout, you can start with these, and hopefully your winters will be filled with on-time and safe trips and deliveries.