Helpful Information and Tips for safe winter driving

We found this helpful article on the truckinginfo.com website.

Buckle up!
Before departing, have a contingency plan for what you will do if weather conditions deteriorate.
Don’t ignore dashboard warning lights! Be mindful that the regeneration process that is required for emissions control will not execute in extreme temperatures.
Be conscious of weather conditions that may limit visibility. Keep your headlights on at all times and use low beam headlights when there’s poor visibility.
Give yourself plenty of room between your vehicle and the others on the road. Avoid traveling alongside snow plows and give extra room – at least 200 feet – between your vehicle and other snow service vehicles on the road.
Avoid sudden braking that can be extra dangerous with slick road conditions. Do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt driving maneuvers.
Use extra caution and lower your speed when approaching curves and intersections to reduce the chance of losing control. Be aware of icy conditions that occur especially on bridges and overpasses.
Be aware of the signs of cold-related stress: fatigue, confusion, shivering and slowed breathing.
Do not let your truck idle. The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank freezes at about 10 degrees, so make sure to begin driving your truck immediately to ensure the heaters warm up DEF in order for it to circulate throughout the engine.
Brush snow and ice from the vehicles rooftop before traveling, which will keep the windshield and mirrors clean for better visibility.
Use a solid, 3-point stance when entering and exiting vehicle cabs. Wear appropriate footwear for the weather conditions. Be aware of ice and snow on walking surfaces, as well as falling snow and ice from the top of your vehicle.
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