Planning Ahead: Winter Weather
Saturday, November 18, 2017
“My favorite thing about winter is driving in the snow. Especially in a large truck”, said no one...ever.
Winter is upon us and the snow will be as well soon. No one can predict if something might leave you stranded alongside the road in the winter, so how can a driver get winter ready and plan for the safest and most efficient winter?
First and foremost, make sure your truck has its winter outfit ready. Check your engine, tires and liquid and any other necessities that if empty or off, can leave you stuck. Be sure to keep items handy like flashlights, windshield scrapers, chains and/or a bag of salt.
Sometimes it seems like a chore making sure that vehicles get their necessary maintenance. However, this can be a crucial part in how your winter driving will play out. By making sure your vehicle is maintained year-round, you can take comfort in knowing that your vehicle is at its healthiest. At the least, bring your vehicle in before winter hits too hard. By making sure that everything is looked over, you can be made aware of any concerns that you need to take care of before any long drives in the snow.
Your truck’s ready, but what about you? No one wants to shiver the night away if something happens, so be prepared. It’s a good idea to keep blankets, boots, food and water, and maybe even handwarmers in your vehicle. Having things like these readily available can help ease any stresses that may come with the cold weather.
We’re sure it goes without saying, but be sure to take your time and drive cautiously. It only takes a little ice for sliding to occur. Drive cautiously if you’re unfamiliar with the area or about to make some winding turns in the winter.
By taking precautions such as the ones listed above, you are not only making sure your truck is in great condition, but you’re protecting yourself. Ease your worries and be prepared this winter by letting Gateway Distribution handle your freight needs!
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