Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard about the epic snowfall and winter storms that have been affecting the country, particularly the Northeast. Snow continues to fall to the ground, and it’s not melting any time soon. Needless to say, the roads are far from prime condition. If you’re on the road as a truck driver this winter season, you should have a plan together to make sure these storms don’t put a chill on your trip.
The folks over at KeepTruckingSafe.org published a great winter survival kit checklist to ensure you’re prepared next time you run into unfavorable weather. There are several things to keep in mind when navigating icy roads, but some of the most pressing concerns address comfort, maintenance, and safety. Of course, all of these elements are related, but let’s focus on each one at a time.
First, look out for number one: your personal comfort and safety on the road. If you find yourself stranded, especially overnight, you’re going to want to stay warm. Take advantage of the space in your cab to pack a sleeping bag and warm clothes. A backup generator is another great plan – just make sure you keep plenty of fuel stored safely where you can get a hold of it.
You should carry plenty of non-perishable foods, a first aid kit, any extra medications, and bottled water. This will keep you comfortable and safe. Also, if you can remember to keep a fully charged phone, you’ll be glad you did if you need to make a call or even check road conditions ahead.
While we’re on the topic of engines, generators, and the like, let’s talk maintenance. Some of the tools you can’t do without are spare bulbs for all lights, flashlights, batteries, screwdrivers, a set of wrenches, and a knife, duct tape, and extra fuses. You can always add other items to your kit, but these are some of the more important ones for truck drivers.
Finally, we can’t forget that there are plenty of drivers on the road this winter. When snow and ice storms come to town, you want to look out for the safety of others on the road. Be sure to have windshield scraper to remove ice for better visibility. In addition to your winter driving items, carry tire chains. Tire chains will keep your truck firmly on the road in rough conditions. It’s important for your personal safety and makes sure your truck doesn’t become a dangerous obstacle for others. Other helpful additions to your winter survival kit are emergency flares and reflective markers.
Even if you don’t find yourself driving in a region where winter weather is a big concern, it’s better to be prepared than not. So get yourself a good winter kit together for peace of mind and safer roads!
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