The winter weather has begun and with this weather comes hazardous driving conditions. It is important that we stay safe on the roads by driving extra cautiously during this time of year and protecting ourselves and others as we navigate through this weather.
Most of us will encounter a transport truck at some point throughout our daily drive. It is critical to practice cautious driving in particular around these vehicles because they are much larger/heavier than a regular car and this affects the amount of time a transport driver needs to react to a change in traffic.
Follow the 10 winter driving tips in our infographic below to keep everyone safe on the roads when driving alongside transport trucks during poor weather conditions this winter.
10 Winter Driving Tips for Sharing the Road with Transport Trucks
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. Wait Your Turn
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.