When looking out for weather conditions, don’t just concentrate on things like rain or snow. It’s also important to pay attention to the wind. High gusts of winds can be dangerous for large trucks. Here are some tips for staying safe.
Pay Attention to the Weather
There are many weather apps out there that will help you stay informed about the forecast for the next few days. Choose an app that does not just tell you the temperature but also tells you information about wind speed and direction.
Be More Careful
If there are winds, don’t drive as quickly as you usually do. Slow down; your safety comes first.
Every Trailer Is Different
Every trailer is different. Just because you had no problems driving in strong winds once, that does not mean it is safe every time. For example, trailers that are empty or are carrying a light load will be more dangerous to drive in during strong winds.
Know When to Stop
There are times when the winds will be too strong and it will be too dangerous to continue driving. Know your capabilities. If the wind is too strong, take a break and park. If possible, find a storm shelter. Underpasses are not necessarily safe during a storm. If you have to park in the open, parking with your trailer facing the wind can help reduce the danger.
You may be pressured to drive during extreme weather conditions by your dispatcher. If you know that it is dangerous, don’t do it just because someone is pressuring you to do it. They are not driving the truck and exposing themselves to danger, you are.
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