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10 tips for winter truck driving

Driving in the ice and snow is never easy, but truckers often have to brave it daily during New York winters. To stay safe, they need to be prepared for the changes of the season.

Below are 10 important tips that can help truckers avoid accidents during the coldest months of the year.

  1. Try to stay out of ruts. Other cars warm up the snow in the ruts, which freezes into ice.
  2. Clean the truck completely of snow before leaving the dock.
  3. Be extra careful when exiting or entering an interstate. These sharp turns can be hazardous even if the highway itself was clear.
  4. Remember that a bridge really does freeze over before the road. Ice could suddenly become a factor.
  5. Don't use cruise control. It's easier to take your foot off the gas in an emergency.
  6. Brake early at intersections. These can have extra ice and the increased traffic makes a crash more likely.
  7. Prepare for wind that winter storms bring along. It can push the truck, which is dangerous on ice and slush.
  8. Look for hazards, like another driver with a snow-covered window or a car buried in snow right on the side of the road.
  9. Give other drivers a cushion. Stay farther back so that you can actually stop in time if need be.
  10. Above all else, slow down. Ignore any temptation to rush. Understand that delays may happen. Speed is the biggest hazard in poor conditions.

These are very helpful tips, but truck accidents will still happen this winter. It is important for those who are injured to know all of their potential rights to compensation.

Source: Schneider, "Are You Prepared? Important Winter Weather Driving Tips for Truck Drivers," Nick Economu, accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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