Friday, February 15, 2013

For Drivers - Winter Weather

Many times over the course of your driving career, you will have to drive in less than perfect weather conditions. If you are prepared, you can continue to move in these times. Remember, you will not make the same time in such situations and should not try to do so. A load delivered a little late is better than a load lying on its side in the snow. 

Here are some tips you can practice to make sure you are ready for travel in winter driving conditions:

Before you begin your trip:
  • Make sure your windows and mirrors are clear of ice and snow.
  • Double-check to make sure your washer fluid reservoir is full and that you have extra fluid with you.
  • Check the pressure of each tire.
  • Make sure the steps to your cab and catwalk are clear of ice and snow.
  • Double-check all lights and flashers.
  • Windows should be clear of fog before you move.
  • Get a current weather report of the area in which you will be traveling.

While driving:
  • Speed is the largest cause of winter accidents. Slow down, then slow down some more.
  • Watch for ice forming on mirrors and for the spray to disappear from the vehicles in front of you. These are both signs that roads are beginning to freeze.
  • In areas where heavy snow has fallen, watch for narrowing lanes due to snow build-up on the sides of the road.
  • Pay extra attention to overpasses for hanging ice and snow. You may have traveled these routes in good conditions but, with the addition of ice and snow, the clearance may have decreased dramatically.
  • Increase your following distances. Rainy/wet conditions – double it; snow and ice – triple or more.
Lastly, if weather conditions make it too difficult to drive, pull over and wait for the weather and roads to improve! Don’t take chances!
Have a safe day and remember……As driver’s, YOU are the face of your Company. So make sure to be on time, polite and respectful at every pick-up and delivery.

Brian Nehrig
Director of Risk
Schilli Transportation Services