Changing weather conditions
Most of the time, autumn is thought of as wet, cool, and foggy. Keep and eye on the weather forecast so you can stay ahead of any potential hazards. Get your rig ready for the frequent weather changes to come before you head out. Make sure your windshield wipers are able to clear heavy rain and your low beams are working properly in case of heavy fog. On frosty days, make sure to drive slowly, especially on bridges and overpasses since black ice can form easily on these.
Fog and Frost
On that note, autumn weather can often bring fog and frost in the mornings putting drivers’ vision in jeopardy. Being prepared ahead of time pays off in the long run. Make sure your rig is ready to take on autumn by checking a few things:
- Check your windshield wipers for damage
- Inspect and replace your tires
- Check your battery health
- Clean or replace headlights and fog lights
Bright sunlight during the morning
As a truck driver, you’re constantly on the lookout for potential hazards on the road. But one hazard that can sometimes be easy to overlook is sun glare. While sun glare might not seem like a big deal, it can actually be quite dangerous for truck drivers. The bright light can make it difficult to see the road ahead, and it can also cause eye fatigue.
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from sun glare while driving:
- Wear sunglasses that block out UV rays.
- Install sun shades in your windshield.
- Keep your windshield clean and free of debris.
- Adjust your mirrors so that they don’t reflect sunlight directly into your eyes.
Slick road conditions are possible
Icy and slick roads aren’t exclusive to winter, especially in the midwest, where all four seasons can be experienced in 1 week.
- Check the weather forecast before heading out on a trip. This will help you plan your route and avoid any potential trouble spots.
- Slow down and take your time. Speed is a major factor in accidents, so it’s important to take it easy when the roads are slick.
- Increase your following distance. It takes longer to stop on wet or icy roads, so give yourself more space between you and the car in front of you.
- Use your headlights. This will help you see – and be seen – by other drivers.
- Be extra cautious around curves and corners. braking early and taking these bends slowly can help you stay in control.
Animals are active
Be aware of animals. With the changing seasons come different animals, including deer, which are more active in the autumn. Be especially cautious at dawn and dusk, when they are most likely to be on the move. If you see an animal in the road, do not swerve to avoid it – brake firmly and stay in your lane.
Practice Safe Driving
No matter the season or weather, it’s always crucial to obey basic traffic laws. This includes following speed limits, paying attention to road signs, and being alert and responsible behind the wheel. Finally, never drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and always wear your seatbelt.
Liquid Trucking takes responsibility in training our drivers how to operate their loads safely during any season. These are just a few tips to assist drivers in keeping themselves and those around them on the road safe!
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