As we gear up and get ready for the holiday season, it’s imperative to understand the risks of driving during the winter months. The roads might be frosty, but with a few expert tips, we can ensure your winter journeys are merry, bright, and most importantly safe. In this blog, we will discuss essential safety tips to keep in mind for navigating roads during the holiday season.
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Check it Twice – Vehicle Inspection
Attention to detail is crucial in every aspect of trucking. Thorough vehicle inspections are key to ensuring a safe journey. Before hitting the road this winter season, take the time to conduct a comprehensive check of your vehicle and key features such as tires, lights, brakes, and fluid levels. Proactive maintenance inspections help ensure your commercial vehicles stay in optimal working condition and can help avoid costly breakdowns.
Stay Alert of Weather Reports
While weather patterns can be unpredictable in the winter season, staying on top of the weather forecast is crucial during this time of year. Stay informed about potential storms and icy conditions along your route. Plan your trips wisely, and if the weather looks particularly unfavorable, consider delaying your journey or finding an alternate route.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
In the trucking industry, patience truly is a virtue. When the roads are icy and visibility is low, slowing down is the smartest choice to make. Maintain a safe following distance, avoid sudden erratic movements, and, if conditions worsen while on the road, don’t hesitate to pull over and wait it out.
Dealing With Frozen Roads
Ice patches can be extremely dangerous, turning the highway into a slippery slope. In fact, over 1,800 people a year die in an auto accident due to driving in snowy or icy conditions. Keep a sharp eye out for signs of black ice, and when you encounter it, resist the urge to slam on the brakes. Instead, ease off the accelerator and steer gently in the direction you wish to go. Always drive with great caution and give yourself plenty of room to slow down.
Cozy Up With Winter Supplies
Bring the right supplies to make your truck a winter haven. Ensure you have warm blankets, extra layers, and emergency supplies like non-perishable snacks, water, and a flashlight. It might also be a good idea to pack a winter survival kit, complete with items like a shovel, ice scraper, and sand for traction in the case of an emergency.
How Comprehensive Insurance Coverage Adds an Extra Layer of Protection
As you embrace these holiday driving safety tips, consider how the right insurance coverage can add an extra layer of protection to your winter journeys. From coverages that safeguard against unexpected twists to liability coverage that shields you from the unforeseen, Forerunner has you covered. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of peace of mind with insurance that understands the unique needs and challenges of the trucking industry.
Enjoy a Safe Holiday Season Alongside Forerunner
Safety is the number one gift you can give yourself and others on the road. At Forerunner Insurance, we are committed to supporting trucking businesses through tailored insurance solutions. Please contact us today to set up an appointment and discover the variety of ways we can safeguard your fleet of vehicles and drivers.