As the seasons begin to change and the weather gets warmer, it’s essential to recognize that warm weather doesn’t always mean you’re in the free and clear. Each season comes with new opportunities for safety and preparation tactics. With the spring and summer months approaching, here are our spring driving tips.
The winter months are the toughest, adding additional wear and tear to your vehicle. At the start of this new season, be sure to do thorough pre-trip checks. This includes checking tire pressure, fuel, and oil levels, replacing wiper blades, and more. Many of these things should be checked before each trip, but the changing of the seasons is a great time to do a more detailed evaluation of the status of your vehicle.
Watch The Weather
Paying attention to the forecast should be a regular occurrence for drivers, but it’s especially important in the spring since the weather can still vary from day to day and even hour to hour. Dress in layers in preparation for fluctuating temperatures. Spring is also a prominent time for showers; waterproof boots with non-slip soles should help during these conditions.
Monitor Road Conditions
Heading into the warmer months means one thing: construction. Whether it’s general road work or repairs from winter damage, workers like to use these warmer times to get things done. Keep an eye out for harsh roads with potholes, avoiding them until they’re fixed, as well as construction zones and signage marking these areas. Even if you’re driving the same route every day, detours may pop up from time to time.
Increased Outdoor Activity
More people are spending time outside as the days get nicer, going for walks, biking, and taking their pets for walks. Other animals may also be coming out of hibernation, looking for food, and entering mating season. Continue to be aware of your surroundings, as people and animals may not always be alert, making careless maneuvers.
Replenish & Update Emergency Supplies
Just as the changing of the seasons is a good time to inspect your vehicle, it’s also a good time to inspect your supplies. Keeping items on hand in case of emergencies is a good rule of thumb. For spring, add items to your truck for layering, like blankets and extra articles of clothing as well as medications for seasonal allergies or colds. While you’re at it, think about restocking anything else that may need to be replenished, such as hand sanitizer, tissues, emergency food, and water.
For many reasons, driving in the spring and summer months can be much safer, but these seasons can still come with their own unique set of challenges. Being prepared for anything is one of the most important things you can do as a trucker, so follow these tips and stay safe this season!