It’s important that HGV drivers understand the obstacles that they face when driving, including when driving in the inclement weather that occurs in winter. The goal here is to take a close look at how to be safe when driving your HGV in winter conditions.
Below are the 7 Winter Driving Tips For HGV drivers, read on to find out more.
1. Watch The Weather
You should always stay informed about the weather. While the weather may not always be completely accurate, it does give you an idea of what to expect when you’re out on the road.
Be sure that you have weather apps on your phone, especially apps that can give you up-to-date alerts in case a bad storm is expected to come in. You should also check the weather before you go on your trip and any time that you stop. This allows you to be prepared for anything and have a plan in case you need to get off the road.
2. Perform Regular Checks On Your HGV Truck
You should be doing your regular checks on your HGV truck anyways, but this is especially important in the winter when you can face severe weather at any time. You should especially check:
- Tires for balance, pressure, and wear
- The battery power and charging system
- Ensure that your defrosters are working properly
- Ensure your fluid levels are topped off
- Make sure that your windshield wipers are cleaned off and are in working order.
- Ensure lights are working perfectly
3. Look For Signs Of Black Ice
Black ice can be an invisible but very dangerous threat. That means that you need to take extra care to drive carefully and look for signs of black ice. However, black ice is notoriously hard to spot, and can sometimes make the road look wet, or it can look like the normal road surface. It is advisable to keep a safe distance to ensure you have enough space to slow down, manoeuvre or stop in an emergency.
4. Be Prepared On The Road
Whenever you are on the road, it’s important to be prepared for anything. There are certain essentials that you should have on hand and keep in your HGV truck, especially during the winter, including:
- Bag of salt or sand
- Extra layers of clothing
- Extra fluids, including windshield fluid
- Snowbrush or scraper
- Tire chains
- Jumper cables
- Gloves and other winter clothing items, with extras
- High visibility jacket and hazard triangles
5. Be Careful When Driving
While this does seem obvious, there are a lot of people who don’t seem to drive as carefully as they should during winter weather. Even if everything looks fine, there are hidden dangers like black ice that can cause serious and even potentially deadly problems if you’re not careful.
6. Watch Out For Signs
Again, it’s always important to look for street signs. But this is especially important during bad winter weather. Watch out for emergency detour signs and digital signs that can let you know of any upcoming hazards. This will help you stay as safe as possible while you are out on the road.
7. Be Sure To Make Stops
Even though you’re on a tight schedule, you need to know when you should stop driving. You should never risk your life or the life of the other people on the road. When there is limited visibility and the driving conditions are potentially dangerous, it’s time to stop.
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