Your Winter Driving Tips for New Truckers

True, winter hazards such as black ice and blinding flurries don’t care whether you’re a rookie trucker or a seasoned veteran. They still hit, hit hard, and often without warning.

But there are smart winter driving techniques that come naturally with notching more and more hours on the road. That’s why we put the call out to our trucker Twitter followers and Facebook “likers” to send winter safety advice to help all those newbie truckers out there make the shift into winter.

We asked:

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Here’s some of what you had to say:

We were pleased to get Facebook responses from, not only truckers, but also family and friends of truckers.

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There are some good words of winter wisdom here. Keen to learn more? The Winter Driving Safety Alliance put together a list of commercial trucking resources that includes winter driving safety topics specifically for truckers. Check it out – even if driving a big rig through snow storms seems like old hat. Everyone could use a refresher once in a while.

Do you have any winter driving tips for truckers? Feel free to post in the comments section below.

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  1. I’m glad to see some of my driving habits and common sense have rubbed off on my offspring.
    Once in the past I had to communicate from Vancouver to Delta and it took me over four hours on a sheet of black ice all the way. Driving cautiously and thinking ahead of when I had to stop I slowed down and geared down to coast through and around obstacles often chugging around stalled and wiped out cars. I still to this day always think that winter conditions and heavy rain equal to driving on ball bearings and drive accordingly. My motto in life is expect the unexpected and think ahead. It has always helped me deal with whatever unexpected things arrived whether sudden mudslides which delay you or unexpected happenings. My car is equipped with a snow shovel and kitty litter as well as blankets and emergency foods whenever I venture forth. Happy roading!

  2. I’m not a trucker but I do drive a lot. In winter I try to drive as if the ground IS covered in black ice, even if it probably isn’t. Gentle turns, gentle slowing, gentle acceleration. And, if there is snow buildup between lanes, I try to avoid moving from one to another.

  3. Few more, after driving in moist conditions (rain, wet snow) or thru standing water, deep snow, drag your brakes to clean them up, remove moisture — they’ll grab better when you need them. In cold conditions (-10 and lower) warming them up a bit every 10mins or so also helps when getting into traffic. Giving your brakes a tap or two before slowing down (not pumping them, just tapping them) gives the brake lights a flash or two to grab following traffic’s attention also. Lastly, coming up rapidly on slow traffic or flashing lights (remember slow down move over), throwing on the hazards and alerting other traffic is a good idea. When stopping on a highway unexpectedly, hazards on, leave a full vehicle length and then watch your rearview — if someone barrels up and isn’t stopping, you have the extra space to try to maneuver out of the way or mitigate the impact.