One of the main concerns for fleet managers and truck drivers is bad weather. Driving trucks is already a difficult task due to the weight and size of the truck, and having to worry about the weather conditions just makes it more difficult even for experienced drivers.
Many dangers come with driving a truck on a rainy day, and here are just a few that you should be aware of to avoid any serious accidents.
Rain Makes The Roads Slippery
When roads are wet due to rain, it’s recommended that drivers increase their stopping distances. Puddles and wet leaves on the roads can make them almost as slippery as ice, which is why speed and distance should be carefully taken into account.
Bad Weather Results In Poor Visibility
In cases of low visibility due to bad weather, you should consider getting off the road until weather conditions improve. However, you should always ensure that your headlights are cleaned before a trip so that other drivers can see you on the road.
Inconsistent Speed & Traffic
One of the challenges that could cause a serious accident is an inconsistent speed. Vehicles will be going at different speeds, especially if there are turns, bridges, and more. As an experienced truck driver, you know that you must be easy on the brakes and turn slow due to the type of vehicle you are driving.
Heavy Rains Mixed With Other Weather Conditions
Heavy rain on its own is already a tricky condition to drive in. Still, when other weather conditions such as hail, freezing rain, fog, and strong winds are mixed with rain, it makes for an even more complicated situation.
Remember that your vehicle is not the only one being affected by these conditions. However, your vehicle is larger and heavier than other smaller vehicles that are braking more often. Stay aware of your surroundings and keep your distance if you find yourself in this situation.
Properly Balanced Tires Can Make a Difference
When you find that your truck fleets are often going through heavy weather conditions, tire balancing beads can help. They not only help when it comes to tire life and fuel efficiency but will keep your truck stable and balanced even at a stop.
With the right tire balancing beads, you could be in more control of your vehicle on rainy days, which not only benefits you but all the other drivers on the road.
ABC Balancing Beads Keeps You Safe On a Rainy Day
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