The weather has cooled; some parts of the states are already seeing some snow. During winter months, driving conditions become a bit more dangerous. There are certain maintenance changes needed to be made in order to make sure your truck is and stays up and running. Maximize your security and the security of your rig by following these tips.
- Check battery terminals for corrosion. This is a routine checkup but in most conditions this becomes overlooked.
- Perform a tire check. Traction becomes double important during the winter season.
- Melted snow and steam are common factors that you should look out for, especially is they’re coming off tire hubs. This poses a sign of over-heating wheel bearings.
- Road salt poses a threat for the electrical connections in your trailer and tractor
- Keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you
- Even going as the speed limit prompts may be too dangerous in snowy conditions.
- Maximize the distance between you and the cars around you. This will somewhat reduce the risk of accident.
- It is important to make sure that there is no snow or frost blocking your lights, making you harder to be visible.
- If you trailer is not straight behind you applying your breaks too hard may cause your trailer to slide over.
Following these tips does not guarantee the fact that you will not get in an accident, it just reduces some risks.
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This is a very useful article. My dad just got his class A license and wants to drive one of these things. I’ll tell him to check out this article and I might need to take some of this in myself considering Im planning on taking my CDL in a month!
I urge everyone to check their battery terminals twice as often as you THINK you need to check them !
Very useful tips here, this could help save someones life.