Drivers of snowplows and salt trucks do their best to keep the New York State thruways clear and safe during the winter months, but there is only so much they can do. Anyone who has driven in Western New York during a snowstorm knows how dangerous it can be. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for and know how to react during inclement conditions. This is doubly true for commercial vehicle drivers. Here are a few winter safety tips for truck drivers that could very well save your life and the lives of other drivers on the road.
Winter Safety Tips for Truck Drivers | Stay Cautious
The size and weight of tractor-trailers makes the vehicles more likely to slip off the road and cause major damage. That is why it always best to drive cautiously. Even if you are an experienced driver who believes you can safely operate the vehicle at high (or normal) speed, it’s better to err on the side of safety. Driving at a slower speed will give you more reaction time. Also, it is best not to drive too closely to other vehicles. Brake and accelerate lightly to keep the vehicle under control. If visibility is low, turn on your emergency flashers to make sure other drivers are aware of the vehicle.
Winter Safety Tips for Truck Drivers | Vehicle Inspection
All commercial truck drivers are required to inspect their vehicle and uphold safety standards and regulations. Lower temperatures can decrease tire pressure. You may want to consider multiple check-ups to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive in snowy or inclement weather.
Contact Our Office if You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident
Even when taking the necessary precautions, there are still uncontrollable circumstances that can cause truck accidents. The injuries and damages could be severe. We want to help. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a commercial vehicle accident, contact our Buffalo truck accident lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. Let our experience work for you.