Tips for Safe Driving in the Winter

Winter can be intimidating for truck drivers especially if you are driving through multiple climate zones. Winter driving poses more hazards while driving than other seasons of the year. Thankfully, there are many strategies and tips you can utilize for a safer haul.

Slow Down and Take Your Time

Being a truck driver obviously means you will have deliveries that are on a timetable and making sure the load is delivered on time is important. During the winter, it is important to take your time and make sure you deliver the load safe and accident-free. Don’t rush and put yourself in the way of danger. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to deliver the load on time still, without having to rush.

Pack Supplies and Essentials

It is important to be prepared during the winter in case a breakdown does happen.  You should have items that could help you get up and running or keep you comfortable until help arrives. Some basics to keep in the cabin are extra blankets, gloves, extra clothes, and food/drinks. These can help keep you warm and bundled up until help arrives.

Other supplies you should consider include extra wiper blades, a tool kit, flashlights, extra antifreeze, among others. These supplies can be useful in simple problems, or even make just enough of a difference to get back on the road if you need to use them.

Check Your Tires

Tire traction is essential for driving in the snow and ice. You should always check the status of your tires before heading out on the road. This includes tread and pressure for each tire. If they do not pass inspection, have them changed before heading out on the road.

Check Weather Conditions

Keeping up with weather conditions can help you plan ahead for your driving route. While on the road, keeping up to date on the changing conditions is also important. Knowing what weather you are driving into can help you plan ahead and in some cases, find safer alternative routes.

These tips are just a few of many you can take advantage of while driving during the winter. It is better to be safe than sorry during these months and any time on the road. Being prepared can help you be safer and more experienced during the winter months.

If you are ready to take the next step in your commercial truck driving career, contact NTTS today to get enrolled in a CDL training program.

NTTS Student Receives Scholarship

National Tractor Trailer School is proudly pleased to announce that one of our students, Darcy Crofts, is the recipient of a scholarship from the Women in Trucking Foundation. Darcy is attending school now and training to become a professional tractor trailer driver. The scholarship will help cover the cost of tuition as Darcy gets her trucking career off to a great start!

Darcy, who had been working as a bus school driver, came to NTTS because she wanted to upgrade her skills and obtain her CDL-A to be a tractor trailer driver.  She mentioned that becoming a Class A truck driver will allow her to have more income to take care of her family. She knows that with more income, she will have less worry about financial stress. Darcy shared that she has overcome adversity before in her life, and faced it head on. She is doing this for her family and wants to make sure they have a good life.

When asked about her five-year plan, Darcy said she wanted to be with a company that knows her by name and not by a number. She wants to make her company proud and strives to be the best driver possible for whoever it may be. She is excited for the future and the opportunities it will bring her and her family!

The Women in Trucking Foundation is an organization that supports ambitious students, drivers, and professionals in the trucking industry who seek to grow their skills through classroom and vocational training. The Foundation is supported by the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) who’s mission is “to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the industry.” WIT offers more than scholarships, including many resources for women and anyone looking to get involved.

The entire Staff at NTTS, and especially Training Director Donald Frazer, is proud of Darcy’s accomplishments. We are honored to be helping her reach her goals.