When you come off the road and park on a snow covered lot, it is important to pack down the snow before setting your brakes; roll forward and back a few times. This does two things: it cools down your tires so they aren’t as likely to melt the snow and then freeze forming a cup of ice that you will spin on, and it also creates your runway when you leave so you aren’t trying to push through snow from a dead stop.
When you are parked, it is best to sit in the driver’s seat for about 5 minutes with the brakes not set (as long as you are on level ground). This allows the brake drums to dry out so they aren’t wet when you set them, and freeze while you are on a brake.
Just a couple winter tips.
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Driving in clear conditions can be very stressful for any driver, but add in a wintry mix and it can be downright treacherous. Blowing snow, fog, ice buildup on the windshield, and overspray from passing vehicles are just a few hazards that can limit visibility and make an 80,000 pound tractor-trailer less conspicuous. Here are some tips to minimize winter weather hazards:
Keep windows and mirrors clean
Wipe off marker lights, headlights, taillights, and reflective tape
Carry extra windshield washer solvent and cleaning rags on each trip
Make sure all mirrors are adjusted properly and are in working condition
Wear UV and polarized sunglasses to help reduce sun glare
Replace worn wiper blades
Remove snow from atop the tractor and trailer (but do not climb on top to prevent injuries!)
While these steps will not eliminate all hazards, they can make it easier to see and be seen. In addition, keep in mind the Essential 7 Driving Techniques:
Maintain proper following distance
Observe proper speed for conditions
Be attentive to the road ahead
React properly to hazards
Maintain one lane
Yield the right of way
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