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
  • Avoid distractions
  • Be attentive to the road ahead
  • React properly to hazards
  • Maintain one lane
  • Yield the right of way