Unless you are a cast member of the History Channel show Ice Road Truckers, you are probably not an expert at driving trucks in snow and other icy conditions. And while spring is just a few weeks away, the East Coast has been bombarded by snow recently. In fact, it is snowing right now in Maryland. Are you prepared to drive in the snow and icy conditions?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, roughly 190,100 crashes occur annually as a result of icy conditions. So let me ask you again; are you prepared to drive in the snow and icy conditions?
Driving Tips for Trucks in Snow and Icy Conditions
- Proper Maintenance: It is important to keep your truck in tip-top shape. Make sure your battery, tires, and windshield wipers are in good condition. Check anti-freeze levels.
- Slow it Down: Drive slower than you typically would and keep your distance. Slick surfaces require a longer stopping distance. And know your brakes. If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), like most vehicles nowadays, apply continuous pressure. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with anti-lock brakes, pump on the brakes intermittently.
- Don’t Panic: If you do find yourself sliding on the ice, do not panic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises letting up on the gas and steering your truck in the direction you wish to go. DO NOT hit the gas or brakes until you have control of your truck.
For specific tips on driving rear wheel drive trucks in the snow, please Click Here to read our previous post on the subject.
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