Proper Steps to take in Preparing for Winter Driving
Step 1: Make sure that your truck is prepared for
are the most important aspect of keeping your vehicle under control
in snow and ice condition. Traction tires on the drive axle(s) of
the truck with ample tread depth provides the best control in snow
and ice conditions. The tread depth and condition of the steer axle
tires is also vital in keeping the control of the steering.
are operating in areas with chain laws make sure the chains are in
good condition and ready to be installed if needed. Mirrors and all
glass in the truck should be clean for maximum visibility.
Not sure what your states chain laws are go to: http://www.tirechainsrequired.com/laws.html
Step 2: Lights On.
your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
Step 3: No Cruise Control.
use cruise control on snowy or icy roads.
Step 4: Bridges, Overpasses infrequently traveled
especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled
roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above
freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in
shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
Step 5: Don't "pump" the brakes.
truck is equipped with ABS brakes do not "pump" the
Step 6: Drive slowly.
too quickly is the main cause of winter accidents. Just because you
are a large truck with a heavy load doesn't mean that you're
invincible, be sure to drive slowly and carefully on snow and ice
Step 7: Pay attention.
are more difficult to make in the snow. Be sure to anticipate what
your next move is going to be to give yourself lots of room for
turns and stopping.
Step 8: Don't tailgate.
tailgating is a bad idea under normal driving conditions, it is
much, much worse in winter weather.
takes much longer on snowy and icy roads than on dry pavement. Be
sure to leave a lot of room between your vehicle and the one in
front of you. A good rule of thumb is to leave four vehicle lengths
between you and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 mph you
Step 9: Brake before making turns.
difficult to steer vehicles while applying the brakes in snowy
conditions. So make sure to smoothly step on your truck's brakes to
reduce speed before entering turns. Once you have rounded the
corner you can accelerate again.
Step 10: Drive smoothly.
and icy roads are much less forgiving than dry pavement. Make sure
not to make any abrupt turns or stops when driving. Doing so will
often cause your vehicle to lose control and skid out.
Step 11: Be familiar with your vehicle.
always a good idea to be familiar with your vehicle's driving
dynamics. This is especially true when driving on snow or ice.
Also, be aware of the weight condition of your truck. As your load
and weight diminish the handling of the truck in snow and ice will
Step 12: Learn how to control skids.
While it is best practiced in a driving school or on a
closed course, it is not a bad idea to practice controlling skids
in your vehicle so that you know how to react if it ever happens
under real world driving conditions. When skidding, you actually
need to go against your natural instincts and turn into the skid
and accelerate. Taking your foot off of the brakes and accelerating
gently during skids transfers your vehicle's weight from the front
to the rear and often helps vehicles to regain control.