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9 winter driving advice for truck drivers

Winter weather conditions are uncertain and unpredictable, snow and ice are dangers that last until the end of March, we believe that these tips have been told many times, but they should be repeated.
Don’t miss these 10 tips for winter driving before you go on a long trip with a truck. Vehicle inspection
  1. Be sure to check the engine oil and antifreeze level. When it comes to antifreeze, we suggest Hella antifreeze concentartion measuring tool which you can buy in our stores.  
  2. Complete a visual, practical inspection of all tires, and if you want to be in control of your tires at all times, we suggest the WABCO  tire pressure monitoring system.  
  3. Remember to periodically check the wiper blades and lights on your truck. Professional drivers spend much more time on the road, and their wiper blades wear out much faster. Our recommendations are Hella and Valeo wiper blades, which you can find in our stores. 
  4. Be sure to monitor how the heating and defrost work to keep the temperature in the truck optimal. The best and highest quality heating system is considered to be the Eberspacher brand. Our company is the general importer and representative of the Eberspacher brand, and if you need advice or more information, feel free to contact us (link to phone number).  
  Slow down This may be a world that belongs to cliché statements, but it is worth saying. As long as you drive on snow or ice, try to drive slower than usual. The official speed limits are for ideal conditions and should be lower for the winter. Remember that slower driving gives you more time to react if something suddenly changes. More space Remember to always leave enough space between your truck and the vehicle in front of you while driving, so that you can get out of the way or turn in case of unforeseen situations.   Avoid sudden changes When talking about sudden changes, try to avoid them! If you need to change speed or direction, try to do it gradually and gently. Avoid sudden acceleration or change of direction. If your truck is equipped with an anti-lock braking system in these situations it is the right time to use it. This will avoid changing the tire lock and getting out of control. Route preparation Use GPS applications or information provided by your dispatcher to find out which roads may be closed. Telematics can help you find out where other drivers are, the routes they take, and opportunities to find safer routes. Maps will also help you locate rest areas for nearby shelters if needed.   Always turn on the headlights Another obvious tip, but you’ll all be surprised at how often we forget to apply this. Headlights are always mandatory during snow or rain, but also in conditions such as fog, when visibility is reduced. Turning on the lights will allow others to know where you are. Don’t forget to clean the snow and ice from the headlights whenever you can. Stop if necessary If driving conditions are extremely difficult, stop on the safe side.  Get out of the way and find a safe place to wait for conditions to improve. Although rest areas are ideal, do not mind stopping elsewhere if the nearest rest area is too far away. Winter ride kit Having the right equipment before any route during the winter will help you stay ready for emergencies. According to our recommendation, these are the basic things you should include in the winter driving kit: additional layers of clothing, gloves, flashlight, blankets, batteries, non-perishable food and water, sandbags, salt and windshield washer fluids, scraper and windshield wiper glass, cables, first aid kit, tire chains and tow mats. Pay special attention to bridges Among the first places that usually freeze are bridges and overpasses of the highway, usually these parts of the road will not be treated with ice-melting materials as fast as the main roads and areas where vehicles travel.


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