Saskatchewan is a large province. Weather patterns can vary based on location. For truckers, that means planning for the different conditions one may encounter on the road.
Now that September is here, you should start planning for winter. It can strike early in this part of the world. As a commercial trucker, what safety steps must you take during this potentially-hazardous time?
Why Winter Poses Trucking Risks
Commercial truckers often must operate in hazardous winter conditions. You have obligations to deliver your services as needed. While darkness, rain, snow, fog and wind might deter others, truckers often have to proceed.
Still, trucking in winter weather requires a lot of attention. The weight and size of your vehicle might pose a driving risk. Roadway hazards might give you very little time to react to prevent an accident. Your attention to conditions might prove critical, and you need to focus on the road at all times. You shouldn't have to worry about the truck's functionality. How can you prepare ahead to stay safe when driving in Saskatchewan's winter?
Vehicle Safety And Security Procedures
Preventive maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your trucking operations secure. Up front, that can better protect you, your truck and clients who rely on your services.
- Ensure the engine system receives regular care. Change the oil and top off the fluid levels.
- Test the battery. Cold winter temperatures force the battery to work harder. So, if it doesn't function appropriately in the first place, it can damage other systems. You don't want to be unable to start the truck.
- Keep the brakes in good shape. If you need to stop in hazardous conditions, a well-functioning system will come in handy.
- Many trucks need specialized tires during winter. Enhanced treads, tire chains and more might allow the truck to better grip the road. Change your tires based on operating needs.
- Test the truck's lights and wipers. They can provide enhanced visibility in critical situations.
- Ensure your trailer or truck bed provide appropriate support and insulation for cargo.
- Keep an eye on other safety items, such as plows, GPS navigators and extra trailer tethers. These might prove critical to your safety.
- Never disobey regulations for mandatory stops and rest periods. Always take extra time to slow down when needed.
These steps can help you avoid hazards whenever you operate. Still, you must drive safely first and foremost. Obey all the rules of the road and know when conditions become too severe to operate. By avoiding roadway incidents, you can get your dispatch load where it needs to go, on time and in one piece.
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