Winter Driving Tips for Truck Drivers


*Updated 11/21/2019*

Winter Driving Tips for Truckers

Cold weather, snow, and slick or icy conditions can cause breakdowns and create hazardous conditions that call for drivers to add extra caution while driving in the winter. However, expecting the unexpected and knowing a few tricks of the trade can make life a lot easier for you throughout those cold months. Below are just a few winter driving tips to help you stay safe while out on the road this winter!

We recently came across an article from that had a few great tips that we also wanted to share.

For Maneuvering Unavoidable Ice

If you encounter patches of ice that can’t be avoided, don’t try to brake, accelerate, or turn. Hold the wheel steady and coast, and be sure to adjust your speed before the next patch if possible.

Watch for Freezing Rain

Watch for freezing droplets forming on your mirrors or other surfaces. You can also monitor the movement of antennas on your vehicle or others. In normal conditions, tall antennas should arch backwards. If they’re moving side to side or circularly, ice may be accumulating. You can also look out for road spray from other tires – if there’s none, ice is more than likely accumulating.

Check Your Lights

Remember to check all of your lights frequently. A snow brush can help keep them clean so other traffic can see you clearly.

Use the Clock to Your Advantage

Many weather apps will give you time estimates of when storms will arrive and how long they’ll last. Be sure to check and see if it’s possible to change appointments or adjust your schedule to avoid them.

Avoid Hard Braking

Even in ideal conditions, hard braking can cause you to skid out or even lose control of your truck. Add in snow or ice, and the risk of losing control greatly increases.

Leave Extra Room

One way to help you avoid hard braking is to leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Doing so will give you more time to react to any incident or event that may occur in front of you. You can never have too much space in front of you, especially when wintry conditions can have such an adverse effect on road conditions and visibility.

Chain Your Tires

Chaining tires onto your truck will help you maintain or even improve traction on roads when conditions are slippery, muddy or snowy. In some areas of the country, such as mountainous regions, it can even be required by law that your truck’s tires are chained.

Have an Emergency Kit at the Ready

Be prepared in case an emergency or if a breakdown occurs. Below are just some suggested items to have readily available in your cab just in case the unexpected happens:

  • Pair of gloves
  • Winter hat
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Case of bottled water
  • Non-perishable food items

Suggestions? We’d Love to Hear from You!

Have any winter driving tips for truck drivers out there? Comment below with what you do to stay safe on the road throughout the winter!

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The Trucker Newspaper, Vol. 32, No. 21 November 1-14, 2019

    • Marry Anderson
      Apr 17, 2019 14:08 pm Reply

      I love the information I get from this post. Very useful and can be very helpful.

    • Karl Haggins
      Oct 10, 2019 05:45 am Reply

      I can vouch as a tow truck driver that these are very good tips! You’re the man, Chris!
      Yours truly,

    • MIGUEL
      Oct 22, 2019 11:48 am Reply

      thank you for sharing this information with us. we are very glad to inform you that it is very useful for us.

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