Even though the cold can be very discouraging, it is so important that we still go ahead and get outside and go for that run/walk/hike or head to the gym for a workout. Whether you do yoga at home or have a complex workout with a professional trainer, it is important that we all keep a regular exercise program going for at least three to four times a week throughout the winter. It keeps the muscles and body strong, wards off illness and keeps our metabolism burning calories efficiently. It also helps to ward off depression and seasonal sadness disorders.
KEEP VEHICLES RUNNING SAFELY
UPKEEP ON VEHICLES: Winter is a time of year that trucks must be kept running in top form. Keep fluids checked and filled. Make sure that regular maintenance is performed on time. Check to be sure that winter weather gear is on board such as jumper cables, road flares, first aid kits, spare tires, chains and safety cones. Make sure that each of these are in good working condition.
INSPECT LIGHTS, TIRES, WIRING, BRAKES, TRACTOR TRAILERS: Make sure that wiring is in good shape and there are no frays or worn places. Check to see that all lights are in good working order and no lamps need to be replaced. Have brakes checked to be sure they are working properly. Check all tires for good air pressure and be sure to have a good working spare ready. Be sure that all these things are in proper working order on the tractor trailer as well.
REVIEW SAFETY PLANS: As chemical tanker truck drivers, it is so important to know the safety plan inside and out in case of an accident. Be sure that you are able to implement the plan automatically if necessary.
ALWAYS BE AWARE OF WEATHER ON TRUCKING ROUTES: Always be prepared by checking the weather at starting and ending points of the driving route as well as points in between. Continue to monitor weather for changes that occur so that bad weather does not present a surprise.
CONSIDERATION: It is always a good idea to just take a moment to consider the importance of the job and contact your manager if necessary. Be sure that you are using a good amount of caution during the winter season such as using extra caution on overpasses or bridges, giving yourself extra distance between other vehicles, avoiding unnecessary hard braking, reducing speed when necessary and pulling off if roads become impassable at any time.
Check out this video of a tanker arriving at Highway Transport’s Florence service center from Pittsburgh #PGH on a sub-zero morning. It was -3 degrees outside!
The winter season can be tricky and even dangerous for drivers. There are things that we must think about and prepare for before we even begin driving in some difficult weather situations. However, if we keep our mind, body and vehicle ready by taking steps to make preparations, we can all enjoy a beautiful, safe winter season on the road.
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