Driving during the winter can be a dangerous time of the year for truck drivers. Snow and ice makes the roads challenging to drive on. We don't always want to deal with staying warm during the wintry months. With the first few days of spring already here, this means warmer days, more sunlight, longer days, and rolling down the windows during spring driving!
With winter behind us, we feel much more at ease to be driving. Although roads are not as risky as they were in the icy months, there are still things that need to be considered during the warm spring season. Prepare for the spring by reading these 4 spring driving tips!
Be Aware of Rain and Hail
Spring showers may bring more rain, but they also bring flooding and slippery roads. Go easy on your brakes while driving on wet roads. If you brake hard, your wheels may lock up quickly. Just like how you would drive and brake slowly during the icy roads, take the same approach to when it rains.
Along with rain, beware of any hail that might arrive. You might drive through some of the more common states that often get hail storms such as Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska.
Refresh your Emergency Supplies
With allergies, the flu, and now Coronavirus spreading around, stocking up on the essentials is critical for your health. Restock any items in your emergency supplies, and stock on items such as water, food and snacks, batteries, and any other items you will need in case of a storm or accident.
Be on the Lookout for Potholes
Besides rainy days and hail storms, the other thing to watch out for during spring driving is potholes. What might have been a blessing during the winter, potholes can be an issue during the spring. Through the plows, salt, and harsh weather conditions from the winter, there are potholes that can grow to impressive sizes.
It can be a pain but drive slowly or avoid the potholes as much as you can to avoid your cargo being damaged. Not only that, but you also end up avoiding any damage underneath your rig.
Be Prepared for Some Chilly Nights
Although warmer days are coming, there are still some chilly days in regions all around the country. Don't toss out the winter equipment you needed for the winter! Keep some winter equipment around such as a jacket, blanket, and a heater to keep you warm during those chilly days.
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