If you own a semi-truck or cab and are going to be on the road crisscrossing the country this winter, you need to make sure that you and your truck are ready for winter weather. Here are a few things that you can do to get your big rig ready for winter driving.
#1 Take Care Of Things Under The Engine
The first thing you need to do is make sure that you take care of things under the engine. You always want to make sure that the fluids are properly filled in your truck, and this is even truer in the winter. You don't want to be stopped on the side of the road because you forget to check the oil or change out a filter.
Take the time to run through a maintenance checklist each time before you get on the road. Check all fluid levels, and make sure that they are topped off. Be sure to also check the tire pressure in all of your tires, as tire pressure can fluctuate a lot in the winter time.
#2 Clean Up Your Cab
When dealing with winter weather and winter drivers, you want to make sure that you are not distracted at all on the road. Clean up all the stuff in your cab. If you need to use a GPS or cell phone, make sure that it is properly mounted so that you can use it hands-free when you are driving. Set your route in your GPS before you get on the road and take care of all cell phone related activities as well.
Plan out when you are going to need to stop for food; eating a whole meal while behind the wheel can be dangerous. Instead, limit your food intake to drinking water when driving.
#3 Prepare An Emergency Kit
When driving in the winter, you should have an emergency kit prepared in case you end up spending a lot of time pulled over due to weather-related conditions or due to your vehicle breaking down.
To start with, your kit should contain things to keep you safe and taken care of if movement stops on the freeway. You need an extra change of clothing, blankets, lots of water, and dry food for yourself.
For your truck, you need chains, orange triangles, flairs, salt or sand, toolkit, air pump, and a tire repair kit. You should also have back up batteries for your CB radio and for your cell phone so that you can call for help.
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