Driving a truck can be tedious and difficult to begin with but adding winter weather into the mix can turn driving dangerous very quickly. Luckily, there are certain tips truck drivers can do to keep themselves and others safe on the road this winter.
It is important to pay attention to the weather, specifically if temperatures are near or below freezing. In situations where the weather is likely to result in icy, dangerous conditions, if possible, it may be in your best interest to stay off the roads. It is important to weigh the significance of your trip against the danger that may accompany it. Often, you will find that in an emergency, your trip can wait.
Drive with Caution
For some people, remaining off the roads is not a possibility. If you are one of these individuals who must go out, reducing your speed will prove helpful. Increasing speed contributes a decreased ability to slow down and stop, thus risking losing control of the vehicle. Unfortunately, even if you are driving slow and cautiously, other drivers may not be doing the same. That is why it is imperative for drivers to pay close attention when approaching stop signs and traffic signals, and when merging.
Keep a Safe Distance from Other Vehicles
When driving in non-ideal conditions, it takes much longer to slow down or come to a stop. That is why it is important that you remain further behind the vehicle in front of you than you ordinarily would in safer conditions. It will also help you avoid flying snow and ice from other vehicles. Certain states make it mandatory to clean snow off cars before driving.
Be Cautious on Overpasses and Bridges
There are many bridges and overpasses that are located within New Jersey, most of which allow vehicles to continue traveling over bodies of water. However, because these roads are exposed to air above, below, and on the sides, they tend to decrease temperatures at a faster rate than normal roads do.
Driving in colder weather leaves itself open to many different scenarios. Since it is not possible to tell what may happen, there are certain things you can pack to help in any situation. These include:
- Extra clothing, such as loose layers, extra gloves, and snow boots
- A blanket, flashlight, non-perishable food items, and water
- Extra windshield washer fluid and an ice scraper
- A bag of sand or salt
- Jumper cables, along with tire chains or traction mats
- A minimum of a half tank of gas
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident this winter, it can have a serious impact on your life physically, mentally, and financially. At DiTomaso Law, our Cherry Hill truck accident lawyers work with individuals to obtain the justice they deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 856-414-0010 today. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including the areas of Cherry Hill, Mt. Holly, and Camden County, New Jersey.