The local weather forecast is predicting a potentially “top 10” blizzard along the Northeast, and the wintry weather conditions have already begun to affect states such as Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee. To ensure your drivers are safe as well as other traveling vehicles on the road, it is important your drivers are keenly aware of the storm’s potential and that precautions are taken so they are not left in hazardous situations.
On the road safety tips in blizzard conditions:
1. Trucks should avoid operating in the Northeast Corridor beginning Friday afternoon. The snow accumulations that are being estimated could cause huge issues into throughout the weekend. Airlines are already allowing passengers that want to change flights to do so at no charge, anticipating major disruptions.
2. Drivers in the area should plan for a safe place to park as the weather conditions make the roads dangerous. Dispatch and drivers should monitor weather reports so that they can make educated decisions about when to get off of the roads. Truck parking will be at a premium in this storm so it is important to plan ahead.
3. Fuel tanks should be topped off prior to entering affected areas to allow drivers to stay warm during the storm if they get stranded.
4. Drivers should be prepared for the worst. Ryder suggests that they have the following in their vehicles:
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- Cell phone power charger and external batteries
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Extra blankets and sleeping bags
- Matches or a lighter
- Extra set of mittens, socks and hats
- Gloves and winter jacket
- Rain gear
- Small sack of sand to aid tire traction
- Small shovel
- Set of tools: pliers, wrench, screwdriver
- Booster cables
- Tire chains or traction mats
- Prepared food products such as nuts and energy baras
- Manual can opener
- Bottled water
Driver safety is everyone’s concern. Keeping your drivers informed and prepared is your utmost responsibility, especially in the taxing winter weather conditions. Talk to a
HUB Transportation advisor about safety programs that prepare drivers for all types of on the road conditions.
Steven Bojan, Vice President- HUB International's Fleet Risk Services, advises on fleet safety, driver and management best practices and regulatory compliance.