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~ Trucking - Winter Driving #2~

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Winter Weather Safe Driving Tips

Adjust your speed to the existing conditions.

Do not overtake or pass other vehicles unless you have to.

Slow down. - Select a safe speed. - Maintain a safe following distance.

Watch far enough ahead to flow with the traffic. This will help you avoid the need to change speeds.

Take curves and turns at slower speeds. Brake before curves. Be in the right gear
before you enter a curve. Speed up slightly in the curve.

As the temperature warms up, ice melts and becomes more slippery. Slow down even more.

Avoid driving beside other vehicles.

Keep out of the pack. Leave yourself room for emergencies.

Keep a longer following distance.

When traffic looks congested ahead, hang back.

Stop if needed and wait for things to clear up.

Plan ahead for stops to avoid panic stopping. - Pump your brakes.

Use engine oil periodically as a fifth wheel lube in cold weather.

If parts are very stiff from cold grease or snow, using diesel fuel conditioner will loosen the parts up so that they will work freely.

A small propane torch works well for thawing out relay valves, etc.

Putting airline antifreeze into supply lines will work also.

The air line antifreeze helps to prevent freeze ups.

Some new trailers advise not to use additives with their filtering systems.

If you are in an emergency type situation, you should use the air line antifreeze anyway.

* Plan It - Don't Just Slip into Safety *

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