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Whether you are planning to be a new Class A CDL truck driver or have experience, it’s still important to know the top winter driving tips that ensure your on-road safety while working. With our winter driving preparedness checklist, you have far less to worry about. It’s just one more way we show that we are part of your team at LCL Bulk.

Winter Driving Preparedness Checklist:

Get Your Truck Serviced

The only way to help prevent unexpected breakdowns is to ensure your truck is in optimal running order. Take the time to have the truck serviced before winter weather strikes. A little maintenance can go a long way.

Check the Cooling System

You don’t want anything freezing up as temperatures take a nosedive. Before winter happens, have a mechanic check your truck’s cooling system. A properly-running cooling system makes all the difference for your engine’s health.

Fill Your Windshield Washer Reservoir

There will be times when you rely on the windshield washer fluid. If the tank is empty, you won’t be able to clean your windshield, creating a better chance of having an accident. It only takes a few minutes to fill up the reservoir, and you’ll be glad you did when snow and dirt end up on the glass.

Inspect Your Tires

The truck tires are the only part of the vehicle touching the road. Therefore, it’s important that they all have enough air inside and the tread is in good condition. If not, you risk having a blowout.

Know Your Route and Consistently Check Road Conditions

Before you hit the road, ensure you know where you are. It also helps if you take a minute to see the road conditions, especially if there’s been bad weather. This way, you can make alternate plans ahead of time.

Keep Plenty of Fuel in Your Truck

You never know what situation you are going to find yourself in. If you get stranded on a highway or remote location, you’ll want to know you have enough fuel to remain warm and comfortable while you wait for help.

Learn Emergency Hazard Procedures

None of us wants to think about an emergency, but it’s always possible. In this case, it’s better to be prepared and never need to use your skills than to expect everything to go as planned. Learn the emergency hazard procedures and run some drills to see if you are ready.

Don’t Skip Your Pre-Trip Checklist

Before you hit the road, you should always run down your pre-trip inspection checklist. Along with the other tips in our winter driving preparedness checklist, these tasks should be performed no matter what time of year you are driving.

Winter Driving Tips:

It’s important to be prepared for what’s ahead when you drive your truck during the winter. However, it’s even more important that you are prepared to drive in bad conditions when you get behind the wheel of your commercial truck. For this reason, we recommend following these winter driving tips when you are operating your truck.

Know local and state regulations. Regulations on snow tires and chains can vary depending on where you live, know if and when to use them.

Watch out for black ice. If you hit a patch, let off the gas, but don’t step on the brakes.

Keep a fully-charged cell phone. Just in case you need to reach out for emergency support.

Treat your diesel fuel once temperatures dip too low. You don’t want the fuel to gel.

Leave enough space between you and the vehicles in front of you. It’s going to take even more time to stop when the roads are slippery.

Keep an eye out for all warning signs and alerts. Be prepared to change your course as needed.

Winter Emergency Kit

In your truck and your car, you should always have a winter emergency kit packed and ready to go. However, when you are in your truck, you will require some special equipment. Here are a few items we recommend that you have on hand.

What to Keep in Your Winter Emergency Kit:

  • Windshield scraper
  • Snowbrush
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Matches/lighter
  • Road flares
  • Tire chains
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Shovel or traction mat (can also use sand or kitty litter)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Spare tire, jack, and wrench
  • Extra winter clothing and footwear
  • Blanket/sleeping bag
  • Candles
  • High energy/protein food
  • Bottled water
  • Tow rope

Join the LCL Bulk Family!

When you are part of the LCL Bulk team, you know you get all the support necessary to remain safe during winter travel. We equip our drivers with all the skills and knowledge necessary to safely get to the next destination and, of course, back home.

You’re ready to start a new trucking career! It’s time to join the LCL Bulk team! Apply today and take charge of your future.

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