How to Prepare a Truck for Wet Weather [INFOGRAPHIC]
Truckers face every type of weather imaginable on their routes, and each poses its own unique threats. Wet weather is perhaps the most common inclement weather that truckers will face. It’s important for truckers to prepare their vehicles for wet weather properly to protect themselves and other drivers on the road.
- Inspect tires. Experts recommend replacing a big rig’s tires anywhere from every 25,000 miles to every 75,000 miles. Tires should be replaced all at the same time to ensure even tread on the road.
- Check weather. Truckers should check local weather forecasts and have their radios tuned to a local broadcast for updates. It’s important for truckers to make their own safety decisions in regard to weather and not blindly follow the orders of dispatch.
- Avoid cruise control. Cruise control may keep the truck from sensing if the vehicle is hydroplaning.
- Research alternate routes. Truckers should be aware of alternate routes before they get on the road so they can avoid bad weather without too many distractions.
- Remove distractions. Distracted driving is a major factor in truck accidents. Truckers should store their phones out of sight and keep radios at a low volume.
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