5 Truck Safety Tips for Autumn
Every transition into a new season brings different obstacles that truck drivers must be able to navigate on the open road. While the changing from summer into autumn brings many beautiful sights to see from your driver’s seat like crisp clear afternoons and beautiful Autumn foliage, it is also a very busy season for the trucking industry.
Whether you’re a long-haul driver headed across the country or you drive a fuel tank wagon and make local deliveries, you should practice these 5 truck safety tips to make your travels on the road as safe as possible.
Drivers should be cautious of…
- Shorter Days: By the time fall rolls around, you have probably already noticed the shortening of days. It’s time to prepare you and your truck for longer nights or earlier mornings to take advantage of the daylight hours.
- Back to School Traffic: The return of fall is also the return to school. This can cause heavy traffic delays in some areas; plan your trips accordingly to avoid the back-to-school rush.
- Brighter Sunlight: In autumn, the sun is lower in the sky, which results in extra bright sunrises and sunsets. Be extra cautious on the road during these hours and utilize sunglasses and visors to block glare from the sun.
- Piles of Leaves: Wet leaves can be just as slippery as ice. Leaf piles can also disguise potholes and other roadside hazards.
- Change in Weather: Fall can be a difficult weather season to predict. Make sure you are checking the weather consistently and planning your routes accordingly. It is also good to start packing your tire chains in the event of an early snowstorm.
From all of us at TSVA, we hope you have a safe autumn season on the road. Remember to contact us at 800-550-0132 to schedule any inspection or repair services you need to make after the summer season.