Spring Has Arrived
We always welcome the fresh warm air of spring along our Midwest roadways. There’s no better feeling than cracking the window and putting on a pair of shades as blue skies open up, letting sunshine in our cabs and warming our souls. Soon, shades of green will replace the flat grey of winter, and our roadways will be lined with budding trees, grass, and flowers!
It’s a good day to be on the road.
Spring Driving: Leaving Icy Roads Behind Us and Welcoming Spring
As we look at snowy, icy, and slushy roads in the rear-view mirror, we can look ahead at signs of spring using all of our senses. When exiting your truck, listen for the sounds of birds chirping, smell the fragrance of flowers blooming, and watch as grass begins to grow. With spring comes a renewal of fresh warmth in the air, especially when the blooms start sprouting along the roadways.
However, even though we’ll have a temporary reprieve from icy roads, don’t let your guard down when driving in the spring. A wet road can be just as slick as one with ice, so maintain a safe distance. The recommended following distance increases with the length of a vehicle, so semis need to stay 8 seconds behind in good weather and double that in a storm. Another rule of thumb is to leave a distance the length of your vehicle for every 10mph you’re traveling.
Spring brings driving challenges on dry, sunny days as well. Potholes will be everywhere, so be on the lookout and slow down when you see one. Maintain proper tire pressure to better handle traveling over potholes. There will also be more animals, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists out and about, so give them all their space.
Along with welcoming spring, we at NTB also welcome anyone interested in an exciting career to give our recruiters a call or fill out our online application. We would love to have you as a part of our team.
We’d like to leave you with a warm blessing to help us move forward into spring and St. Patrick’s Day:
An Irish Blessing
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May good luck be with you Wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.
May your days be many and your troubles be few, May all God’s blessings descend upon you, May peace be within you, May your heart be strong, May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going and the insight to know when you’re going too far.”
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