Road conditions only get worse as the seasons change from Summer to Fall and then Winter, with everything from rain to sleet and eventually snow. Despite the weather, life and driving must go on. Here are some easy ways to make sure you don’t get slowed down by inclement conditions.
Pack for the Worst: No one intends to get in a crash, hit black ice, or wind up in a ditch. If you do, you’ll be glad you packed everything you needed ahead of time. This time of year you should have a change of clothes or an extra jacket, a working pair of jumper cables, tire chains or traction mats, a bag of sand or salt, and windshield scraper in your vehicle at all times and in case of the worst.
Brake Gently: Make sure not to slam on your brakes when road conditions are slippery or icy as this could potentially cause your vehicle to start sliding uncontrollably. Instead, try lightly pumping your brakes, or if you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), press and hold your brakes down. ABS prevents your wheels from locking, allowing you to continue to steer around obstacles.
Be Extra Cautious on Elevated Structures: Bridges and highway overpasses typically freeze before roadways because cold air can surround the structure and they lack the insulation of the ground. This means that they are natural breeding grounds for all types of black ice that will spin you out or land you in a ditch. These structures could have ice even when the roads around them appear unaffected.
The bottom line is NTB Trucking wants all drivers to be safe and courteous while on the road, and though Fall and Winter conditions are unavoidable, keeping these helpful tips in mind will help you have a safer drive. If you’re interested in a driving for a company that cares about your safety, apply now.