As the seasons change, so should the way drivers navigate the roads. So, we’ve put together a few truck driving tips to help truckers transition from summer driving to trucking in the fall.
While it may seem like an easy transition, some truckers, especially rookie drivers will quickly learn of the many road challenges presented with the change in weather. Particularly those who haven’t yet experienced a “true winter.” Here are our top five truck driving tips to keep you safe this fall season and through the winter.
#1. Familiarize Yourself with the Area
Knowledge is power! The more you know about the area you are set to haul in, the better. This way you can prepare yourself ahead of time. While it might be cold in one region, it could be hot in another. Be aware of climate-related issues too. For instance, fall weather in California may be pleasant, while states in the Midwest could already be receiving snowfall. Two different regions which require different planning.
#2. Rest Properly
This goes without saying, but we’re saying it anyway…get proper sleep! While this tip rings true, no matter the season, keep in mind that Daylight Savings could impact a driver’s sleep pattern. Therefore, it’s important for truckers to establish a new sleep schedule as the weather and time changes.
#3. Use the Right Equipment
Furthermore, your truck should be outfitted with the right set of tools to combat various weather conditions. In addition, items like space heaters, advanced GPS systems, and weather-related mobile apps also come in handy.
#4. Be Mindful of Increased Traffic
Moreover, truck drivers should know that this time of year brings increased traffic. Therefore, truckers must operate to the best of their capability. Apart from this, a great driver also understands that he or she is not the only one on the road, and they need to navigate as so.
#5. Pay Attention to The Signs
Lastly, warning signs are there for a reason. With the autumn season comes piles of leaves on the road. They are one of the greatest hazards. Because leaves scatter, they tend to hide important markers, such as turn lanes, highway dividers, and double yellow lines, so it is important to pay close attention to the signals. Not to mention, leaves are also a slippery hazard come rainfall. So, be careful!