Autumn safety tips for truck drivers? Yes, that is a topic that is not quite so heavily discussed, because the winter season is a bit scarier when it comes to truck driving. But non the less we have to discover how the drivers can drive a bit safer during the fall season with these useful tips that we've prepared for you.
Fall driving safety tips:
Driving a truck during the night is something that every truck driver needs to keep extra attention to. With autumn coming the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer. Although driving during the nights is ~25% around 50% of the accidents happen during the night. That is why it is important to remember:
- Make sure that all of your lights are operational before every trip
- Headlights are in good condition
- Always make sure that your following distance is bigger compared to when you are driving during the day
- Check your side mirrors as frequently as possible and make sure they are clean
Also, keep in mind that depending on the age of the driver they will need more light to see better during the night. For example, a 50-year old driver will need more light than a 30-year old. During the night a 60-year old driver and older will start to see the road and the signs less clearly.
Fog and frost
Even though we see them mostly during the winter weather they also can be hazards in some areas during fall.
Most morning during the autumn can bring fog with them that can jeopardize your vision and your distance perception. You have to turn on your for lights in order to make your truck more visible to the other drivers. Use them in pairs with your low beams, so you can be seen as far away as possible during these conditions. High beams are not recommended. While you drive in the fog, the high beams are getting reflected from it and that makes your visibility even worse.
Sometimes you can also encounter ice spots. Make sure that you slow down and be aware that the vehicle can slip if you don't drive at the proper speed.
During November is it most common for truck drivers to hit an animal, especially deer. Their mating season start and they become more active and you will see them more often running around on the road.
According to PETA, about 1 of every 100 drivers will probably hit an animal during their life behind the wheel.
Something that all drivers need to keep close attention to when you are driving in urban areas.
Most of them do not pay attention to the traffic or they are chasing a ball, or something else. Don't forget also that there are some new student drivers. They are just learning to drive and they are not experts on the road.
Always pay attention when you are close to school areas. There will be a lot of kids walking around, or just running towards their parents' car so they can be picked up from school. Inexperienced drivers once again are a potential danger. They can be leaving school grounds which potentially can turn into an accident if they do not pay attention on the road.
Always make sure that you halt in most situations (if the state requires it) when a school bus is with its red flashers on.
Leaves are also part of the autumn beauty, but they can also be something that you have to pay attention on the road.
When leaves fall most of the time they can stick to the pavement and make the road more slippery. Reduced tire traction can accur because of wet leaves even if your tires are super good. Avoid hard braking as much as possible!
If you see that there is a patch of leaves - slow down! Avoid sudden braking or swerving, since the leaves can cause hydroplaning or force your swerve into a spin. Once you are out of the area it will be wise to call the local authorities to alert them that there is a potential accident spot.
Always make sure that you have enough stopping distance when there is a leaf fall in order to avoid the rear-ender.
Also, keep close attention if you drive in a tourist area. A lot of tourists love to slow down or even stop in order to take pictures or just to enjoy the beauty of the season.
Keeping your tires up to speed according to the weather you are driving is something that you always need to have in your head when you step on the road.
Tires behave better on the rainy surface if they have enough tread. They stop faster and steer better on dry ones.
Adjust the tire pressure properly. By default, your tires drop at least 1 pound per square inch(PSI) of pressure each month, regardless of the weather.
When temperatures start to drop in the fall, expect your tires to drop even more pressure for every 10 degrees of temperature drop.
Always make sure that you are checking your tires with the proper equipment, so you can adjust it properly.
Sun glare is also one issue that you can encounter during the fall season.
You will be doing more driving with the sun lower in the sky, thanks to the shorter days and the change in the daylight savings time. The glare can in many cases limit your visibility which can cause a lot of accidents on the road. Thanks to the sun glare you can miss a pedestrian, car lights, or even something on the road that you can hit.
To avoid this always make sure that you are cleaning your windshield inside and out. It is also useful to always keep a pair of polaroid glasses or use your sun visor to help you fight the glare.
Black ice is the same as regular ice, but it has fewer bubbles that are forming it, which makes it hard to spot. In winter conditions, but it is not excluded to encounter it during the autumn. It usually forms at night or early mornings when the temperatures are low. It tends to form on the part of the roads where there is almost no sunshine during the day.
If you by any chance encounter black ice, it is important to remain calm. Do not hit the brakes! Keep the steering wheel straight and let the car pass over the ice.
Overall autumn driving as any other season has its own road conditions. If you follow these autumn safety tips for truck drivers you will make your travels safer. Make sure to check your tire pressure. Pay close attention to road hazards or any potential weather conditions that can jeopardize you or the other drivers on the road