November 22, 2010
Old Man Winter is soon coming back, so it’s important to prepare for the season’s hazardous conditions and review some basic commercial truck driving winter safety tips.
<p>Remember, the three P’s of safe winter driving are <strong>prepare</strong> for the trip, <strong>protect</strong> yourself and <strong>prevent</strong> crashes on the road.</p><p>Each year, <a href="https://www.pensketruckleasing.com/">Penske Truck Leasing</a> offers winter driving tips to help you prepare for the wintry weather.</p><ol class="ee-ol"> <li><a href="https://www.pensketruckleasing.com/maintenance.html">Maintain</a> your vehicle. Do a proper pre-trip inspection to make sure all systems are working properly.</li> <li>Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, hood and roof. Don’t forget the trailer, too.</li> <li>Make sure all lights on the vehicle - inside and out - are working properly.</li> <li>Road salt and winter sludge tends to cover lights, reducing visibility. Make sure headlights and tail lights are cleaned frequently.</li> <li>Use extra caution when traveling across bridges and overpasses. They freeze before the road.</li> <li>Listen to weather reports and allow extra time to reach your destination.</li> <li>Stock your vehicle with basic supplies like warm clothing, blankets, flashlights, extra food, bottled water, road flares and a first aid kit.</li> <li>Increase distance between other vehicles on the road and leave plenty of room for stopping.</li> <li>Slow down and reduce speed by 50 percent on slick surfaces.</li> <li>Be aware of wind conditions and load weight.</li> <li>Keep your tank full. A half-full tank can lead to water condensation in the fuel line.</li> <li>Avoid fatigue and get plenty of rest before a trip.</li></ol><p>Penske has <a href="https://www.pensketruckleasing.com/dot-regulations/">safety specialists</a> throughout North America with additional safety information specific to your region. Contact your Penske <a href="https://www.pensketruckleasing.com/request_info/">sales representative</a> to request a Penske driver safety meeting for your fleet.</p><p>Have a winter driving tip not mentioned here? Post it in the comments.</p><p><em>By Kathleen Walter</em></p></div>
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