As winter rolls around each year, it always seems to bring with it its own unique set of challenges that we have to deal with.
As the nights roll in and the air gets colder, the adverse conditions can present a lot of problems, from ice dams forming on the roof of your home to falling leaves and snow damaging your lawn.
This is certainly true for your truck as well, as even someone who has been driving trucks for decades can have trouble once the snow and ice sets in.
At Nick’s Truck Parts, we know how important looking after your truck is, and you’ll want to make sure the winter conditions don’t lead to you damaging your truck or even getting into an accident. Which is why we’ve compiled some winter safety tips that we think all truckers should read:
Get a checkupTo make sure your truck is in full working order and completely prepared for the cold weather to come, give it a solid once over, making sure you check your brakes, tire pressure and antifreeze levels to make sure everything is running as it should before you embark on any long trip.
To go the extra mile and give yourself the peace of mind that your truck is in full working order, consider visiting a mechanic and having them look over your truck, as their expert eyes will be able to make sure there are no issues with your vehicle that you missed.
Go slowMost at fault accidents at any time of year are caused by excessive speed, but at winter this practice becomes especially dangerous.
No matter how confident you are with your own driving skills, you can never account for any of the other drivers on the road, so make sure you take your time and drive well under the speed limit, particularly on icy or snow-covered roads.
Keep your distance
Nobody likes tailgaters at the best of time, but in the winter months with reduced visibility, it can become downright dangerous. This is especially important when driving in icy conditions, where something as simple as stopping a vehicle becomes much more difficult.
This is why you need to make sure you keep your distance and leave the vehicle in front of you plenty of room, to prevent any nasty rear-end accidents.
Know your conditionsBefore embarking on a long journey, make sure you know the up to date weather forecasts and road conditions for your planned route.
Thinking ahead in this way and making sure you know the current weather forecast means that you are less likely to be caught by surprise by sudden changes in weather but you’ll also be aware of any closed roads or changes to your route ahead of time.
If you are looking for high-quality truck parts at low prices be sure to visit Nick’s Truck Parts today!