February 13, 2015
Driving during the cold and icy winter months is something that causes concern for drivers. Snow and ice can make traveling more difficult and dangerous.
<p>“Safety is always the primary concern when on the road,” explained Chuck Pagesy, director of safety at Penske. “When driving during the winter, taking precaution is key.”</p><p>If you have to drive a <a href="http://www.pensketruckrental.com/">Penske rental truck</a> in such conditions, here are a few things you can do improve safety:</p><ul class="ee-ul"> <li>Clear snow and ice from windows, lights, hoods and mirrors.</li> <li>Salt and dirty snow from the road does reduce visibility by covering lights and windows. Make sure they are clean before heading out.</li> <li>Ensure all lights inside and out are in working order before you leave.</li> <li>Bridges and overpasses freeze before road surfaces. Keep this in mind when crossing.</li> <li>Track weather and be prepared, allowing for extra travel time.</li> <li>Keep basic supplies in your truck in case of an emergency. Supplies like extra clothing, blankets, food, water, flashlights, and a first-aid kit are items that will keep you safe. Remember, Penske has 24/7 Roadside Assistance to help you if there is ever an issue.</li> <li>Always wear your seatbelt -- no matter what the weather.</li> <li>Allow extra distance between your vehicle and other vehicles. Your needed stopping time will be increased in inclement weather.</li> <li>Be aware and cautious of wind conditions. Wind gusts can have an effect on handling a truck.</li> <li>Take it slow. If you’re going to be late to pick up or drop off your <a href="http://www.pensketruckrental.com/moving-trucks/">Penske rental truck</a> due to the weather and road conditions, call us and let us know. You won’t be penalized for taking your time during periods of inclement weather.</li> <li>Keep your fuel tank as full as possible to avoid condensation in the fuel line.</li> <li>Avoid fatigue. Stop and get your needed rest.</li> <li>Wear appropriate footwear with nonslip soles.</li> <li>Use hand rails for extra support when entering or exiting a larger vehicle like a Penske rental truck.</li> <li>Never stand on tires to clean snow from vehicle.</li></ul><p>Safety should be one of your biggest concerns when on the road. If you follow the tips above, you can have a safer and less stressful journey. Have additional winter driving tips? Feel free to post them below in the comments.</p><p><em>By Tony Kozuch</em></p></div>
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