Things to Remember When Driving in Winter Weather
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Things to Remember When Driving in Winter Weather As the nation's largest and oldest refrigerated trucking company, we have seen just about everything there is to see in the logistics industry. Since 1920, we have faithfully served our customers from coast to coast, transporting consumer goods safely and efficiently.

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Published 13 January 2016
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Things to Remember When Driving in Winter Weather As the nation's largest and oldest refrigerated trucking company, we have seen just about everything there is to see in the logistics industry. Since 1920, we have faithfully served our customers from coast to coast, transporting consumer goods safely and efficiently. And with nearly 100 years of experience under our belts, our drivers have done more than their fair share of winter driving.
With winter now in full swing, we wanted to take the occasion of this blog post to talk about some important things about driving in winter weather. As such, we will address three things that are rarely talked about in articles offering winter driving tips. 1. Inexperienced Drivers Tend to PanicNew truck drivers who have never faced winter have a tendency to panic at the first sign of a severe snowstorm. This is entirely normal. However, it is also unsafe. Fear and insecurity only cause drivers to lose confidence in themselves and their training. It causes drivers to make foolish mistakes that could be avoided simply by remaining calm and relying on past instruction and practice. We recommend that new drivers keep an eye on weather reports so they know when a winter storm is approaching. When such storms do approach, they should talk with experienced drivers to find out what to do and what not to do. A little knowledge goes a long way toward alleviating the fears new drivers face. Drivers should also not be afraid to voice their concerns to dispatchers in the face of adverse weather. As forC.R. England, we are more concerned about driver safety than anything else. We try not to push drivers when winter weather becomes dangerous.
2. Car Drivers Are Often UnpredictableIt has been said that the drivers we fear most are the ones we share the road with. There is a good reason for this: we cannot control what anyone else does behind the wheel. This is especially true of non-professionals who do not spend 8 to 10 hours a day, every day, driving in all sorts of weather conditions. Car drivers whose vehicles tend to be mainly for commuting and leisure purposes don't have the experience that professionals have, and they become terribly unpredictable in bad weather. The professional driver must always keep this in mind. Winter weather requires professionals to be more cognizant than ever of all those other cars on the road. Remember that car drivers tend not to be aware of the techniques they could employ to avoid skids, deal with whiteout conditions, and so on. They are also more likely to make rash decisions based on adverse weather. So be aware and be safe. 3. Certain Kinds of Weather Are Better Than OthersExperience is a great teacher, isn't it? We say that because experienced truck drivers know that certain types of winter weather are better than others. For example, an extremely cold day with temperatures well below freezing tends to make for easier driving than a day where the temperature hovers around the 32° mark. When temperatures are very near the freezing point precipitation can easily create slush that turns roadways into greasy surfaces ripe for accidents. Freezing rain is also a risk. But when temperatures are in the 20s and teens, precipitation is powdery and a lot easier to drive on. C.R. Englandis one trucking company that knows the inherent risks of winter driving. We encourage you, as well as our drivers, to be as safe as possible this winter. Make a point of making it home to your family safely.