During winter, drivers face many concerns and hazards due to fog and black ice that makes the road slippery. Unfortunately, these hazards are particularly significant for HGV drivers as their vehicles are larger than standard cars. As an HGV driver, you may have undertaken a course to help you prepare and handle the chilly period, but you can take a few extra steps to ensure your safety. Read on to learn how to manage roads during winter.
1. Track the weather
It’s important to check the weather forecast before going for a drive. This ensures you know exactly what you’re going to deal with. You can use your phone apps to examine if there are any weather issues that may cause closed or blocked roads. Use this to plan your routes, so you only use roads that promise easy and safe travel. Avoid foggy areas that may cause invisibility, making it difficult to navigate. Be sure to also avoid areas covered with black ice as they may cause you to slip and swerve.
2. Perform regular checks
Conduct regular checks on your HGV vehicle to ensure it works correctly and has no issues. Before going for a drive, check whether your lights work properly and if your windshield wipers can fair well with the snow. Remember to check your fuel and fluid levels and top them up if they’re below a certain level. Also, ensure your defrosters, heating elements, battery power and charging system function correctly and can handle the rough terrain.
3. Prepare beforehand
Preparing for every journey as an HGV driver can be difficult. This is because you may be required to run several different trips, each presenting a unique set of challenges. However, it helps to be somehow prepared for any danger and encounter you may experience. You can start by making an emergency kit that contains all the content you may need. This may include:
• A bag of sand, shovel or salt
• Warm clothing and extra blankets
• Plenty of food and water
• A bottle of de-icer and ice scraper
4. Be cautious
During the chilly season be extra cautious, as sudden movements and sharp turns can easily lead to accidents and loss of control. Although you may want to compete with your colleagues to show your competency, it’s advisable to take extra breaks and slow down. It’s better to fall behind schedule rather than not make it all. Simply inform your manager that you may not make it in time. Similarly, always keep space between you and the next driver and maintain a steady space.
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