Driving Tips for Truckers in Spring

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With blue skies and flower beds nearby, truck driving is great in spring!
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Seasonally, there are always adjustments that need to be made to the way in which truck drivers operate their business in order to maintain safety. For example, the preparation tactics differ from spring to winter, as do the ways in which the actual driving is done. It is important to remember all of the ways in which you need to adjust your trucking operations for each season, and here are some tips to make the adjustments in spring easier!

Before hitting the road, always conduct a thorough inspection!

This is actually not a seasonal tip, this is something that should always be done, at any time of year. Before each trucking trip, you will want to check in on the conditions and/or functionality of your tires, brakes, turn signals, and windshield wipers. Additionally, check your fuel levels.

Drive slower in windy, spring conditions.

There are some general rules of thumb when it comes to driving, especially driving in a large vehicle such as a truck. It is important to follow these rules that relate to weather, such as wind and rain. The biggest rule is to slow down when driving in these possibly dangerous conditions.

When on the road, look out for potholes!

Potholes are always at their peak in the spring. Because of winter weather, road erosion is more common in winter. However, potholes stay less obvious a lot more often in winter, also, because of the weather. With this said, potholes really come out to shine in spring, so be on high alert for them when driving so that you can adjust accordingly to prevent major damage to your vehicle.

Be aware of more road/road adjacent activity.

Road work, animals, and people are all out and about more in spring than in winter. Road work can cause major traffic issues and animals and people could get on the road at the drop of a hat, so it is important to be extra aware of this risk so that you can have quick and swift reactions.

Overall, remember to be cautious on the road no matter what, as you are operating a very large vehicle that poses a threat to yourself and others on the road if something goes wrong.

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