The winter weather has begun in the GTA and with this weather comes new hazards. It is important that we keep ourselves safe while outdoors by wearing proper protective clothing and driving safely during bad weather conditions.
It is important to change your driving patterns when you encounter bad weather and be sure to drive defensively to avoid accidents. Many of us work in areas of the GTA that have Transportation companies close by, this means that you are likely to share the road with many transport trucks. There are different factors to consider when driving with transport trucks in bad weather to make sure you keep yourself and the truck driver safe.
Follow the tips below to keep everyone safe on the roads during poor weather conditions.
10 Tips for Driving with Transport Trucks in Bad Weather
1. Keep Visible
If you can’t see both of the truck’s side mirrors that means you are travelling to closely. Keep a safe distance so the driver can see you at all times.
2. Don’t Tailgate
Keep a safe distance from the transport truck at all times to ensure you have enough room to break if the truck comes to a sudden stop.
3. Signal Properly
If diving in front of a transport truck remember to signal at the appropriate times in order to give the driver enough time to respond and slow down.
4. Don’t Cut Them Off
Trucks require more time and space to turn a corner. Allow them to make a complete and safe turn by staying a safe distance behind the truck.
5. Avoid Blind Spots
Keep out of truck’s blind spots which are along the sides of the truck, immediately in front and behind the truck, and to the right of the front cab.
6. Merge Correctly
Avoid merging in front of a truck if there is traffic stopped in front of you. The driver may not have time to stop once you’ve merged into their lane.
7. Proper Windshield Wipers
In bad weather trucks can spray more snow/debris than a regular car. Use your wipers appropriately when driving behind a transport truck.
8. Stay Alert
Do not drive while distracted. Distracted driving can put you and the truck driver in danger as the truck requires more time to maneuver in any situation.
9. Beware of Centre Lane
Trucks will use the centre lane of the highway to pass. When driving in the centre lane remember to drive the speed limit and use caution.
10. Practice Patience
Do not try to speed around a truck or out maneuver them. Keep a safe distance and practice patience when driving behind a truck.