Trucking InsuranceTruck drivers must deal with many risks, which can multiply during bouts of winter weather. Fortunately, there are plenty of techniques that can be employed to enhance road safety, even when it comes to driving over black ice. We've compiled a list of trucking safety tips to help keep you safe while driving through the snow and ice.

Inspect The Truck

Before heading out on your route, perform an inspection on your truck. Check the tires, wiper blades, lights and fluid levels. Everything must be in peak condition in order to brave the elements. It's also beneficial to monitor the loading process and ensure that weight is distributed evenly and strapped down; shifting products do not react well to icy roadways.

Understand The Risks

Snow and ice can impact your ability to maintain traction while driving, which affects steering and braking capabilities. Always check the weather report before getting behind the wheel, but remember to use your common sense as well. Even if snow melts during the day, any remaining moisture on the ground can refreeze overnight if the temperature dips back below the 0 degree mark. In fact, this is the time when black ice is known to develop. Black ice is a thin, nearly invisible patch of ice that can easily take you by surprise. Watch for it on bridges and in shady areas, where it's likely to develop first.

Slow Your Speed

Your best defense against risky driving conditions is to drive slowly, which gives you more time to react to an upcoming hazard. Similarly, you should increase your follow distance — as it takes longer to reach a full stop in poor weather. Avoid using cruise control or overdrive when ice is present. Your safest option — besides parking until the weather clears — is to stay in control of your truck.

Correcting A Skid

Accelerating, braking and steering should all be done gradually and with great care. Any sudden movements can send your truck skidding if ice is present. If you do begin to skid, remove your foot from the gas and shift into neutral. Then steer in the direction you want the vehicle to travel. Once the truck straightens out, you can shift back into drive and gently accelerate back onto course. Never slam on the brakes and always wear your seatbelt for protection.

Protect your vehicle against winter hazards. Call Heritage Insurance Ltd at (800) 667-7640 for more information on Moose Jaw SK trucking insurance.

Do you follow these tips while driving in winter weather? Let us know in the comments.
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