Winter Is Coming. Is Your Fleet Prepared?

  • October 30, 2017 /
  • by Andrew /
  • fleet risk, fleet safety, trucking risk management, trucking safety, winter trucking /
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Winter is coming. Ice. Fog. Wind. The sun hangs low in the horizon, reflecting off every surface and piercing through every leafless tree. And the nights are long. For truckers in the northern United States and similar climates around the world, this is an exceptionally perilous time to drive. For fleet safety managers, the workday seems to lengthen as the days grow shorter. Top notch safety preparations for both vehicles and drivers aren’t a luxury – they’re an imperative. But safety is more than having a good plan – it involves clear and open communication. Here are 10 inclement weather driving tips for professional trucking organizations:

  1. Remind drivers to slow down. Most accidents are a result of driving too fast. It may be legal to drive at the speed limit but it is often too fast for inclement weather.
  2. Encourage your drivers to keep a safe distance around the truck. Make sure your drivers leave plenty of room between their vehicle and the one ahead and beside their truck whenever possible.
  3. Make it a policy that drivers don’t stop on the side of the road in low visibility situations. It can be very dangerous because other vehicles may not see the rig and could run into it accidentally.
  4. Do not allow your drivers to use the jake brake on icy roads. And don’t over brake when the unit isn’t in alignment because it’s too easy for your rig to spin out. This is especially critical when the trailer is empty.
  5. Ensure your rigs are equipped with high quality lug tires and wiper blades and that all of them are in good condition.
  6. Make sure all of your trucks are stocked with seasonal supplies such as deicing washer fluid and a shovel.
  7. Make sure your drivers conduct their pre-trip inspection circle check before they depart, paying special attention to the defroster and heater.
  8. Test batteries to ensure they are working properly when temperatures drop.
  9. Keep fuel tanks full to help with traction (extra weight over the tires.)
  10. Switch engine oils to a cold-weather formula when driving in cold climates.

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