There’s nothing like a sudden freezing winter snap to test the skills of a truck driver. For truck drivers, winter brings many challenges with the greatest coming from hidden black ice. This is ice on the road that is difficult to see until you hit it, and your wheels and brakes suddenly start to lose their grip. However, the roads themselves are only one part of the test that truck drivers face each winter.
Simply parking for a few hours to take a mandatory break can cause problems. Hydraulic lines are really tested when repeatedly heated and cooled. The situation can be made worse if some components actually freeze. Add in frost on windscreens, snow and ice on roads, and crazy drivers who don’t respect the conditions, truck driving can be difficult.
Experienced drivers learn the tricks of the highway. They know how to reduce the effects of cold weather on their trucks and how to inspect their trucks for any signs of potential problems. They also learn how to respect the weather conditions, sometimes taking an early break to avoid problems on the road ahead.
Truck driving safety goes beyond following road rules. Most truck drivers almost become at one with their truck – they can feel the road, feel the tires on the road, and even ‘feel’ the engine. These truck drivers can quickly tell when an issue with their truck is brewing, well before that issue becomes a big problem.
Winter is a testing time for truck drivers, however, those who have been well trained and followed that initial truck driver training with plenty of on-the-road experience, handle the conditions with ease.