Although seemingly harmless, spring showers can make routes treacherous for truck drivers. Not only do you need to worry about the road conditions, but you also need to worry about the drivers around you. One of the most important safety tips that we can offer here at Midlane Truck & Trailer Repair is to make sure that your rig is in the best shape possible before you hit the road. This is especially important for your tires and brakes. Here are other driving tips to help you stay safe in spring showers.
As we said above, spring showers appear to be harmless but they can actually make the roads very dangerous. Light showers do not wash away oil, which makes the roads as slick as if they were icy. It’s important that you pay attention to the road while you are driving in the wet weather. Avoid distractions that will take your attention away from your driving. This includes your cell phone and radio. Silence the mobile phone and keep the radio volume down low.
Accelerate and Decelerate Slowly
The slick and oily roads caused by spring showers can make it hard for your rig’s tires to keep their grip on the road. It’s important to accelerate and decelerate slower than normal during inclement weather. This helps you maintain control of your truck because it helps your tires maintain their grip on the road. The faster you accelerate or decelerate the greater chances you have of hydroplaning and losing tire grip. Give yourself time so you can accelerate and decelerate more slowly.
Drive Slower, Too
It’s important to slow down while you are driving, too. We know that speed limits are posted for your safety, but when the spring showers are coming down, it’s important to drive even slower than the posted limits. Even driving at the speed limit or a few miles faster on wet roads can cause an accident because you lose precious stopping distance and control on turns. Slow down. And, if the conditions get too bad, pull over and wait them out.
It takes much longer to stop a big rig than it does a car. Wet roads make stopping even more hazardous. Make sure to allow plenty of space, extra space, between you and the automobiles in front of you. Again, because spring showers tend to make oil pool on the road surfaces, you need as much stopping distance as possible to avoid rear-ending an automobile. Increase your following distance to allow at least seven seconds between you and the car in front of you.
Finally, don’t set your cruise control during spring showers because you may not be able to sense that your rig is hydroplaning. Make sure your rig can handle the wet weather by bringing it into Midlane Truck & Trailer Repair in Eugene, OR, before your route.