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Spring winds can be a major challenge for truckers

4/29/2019

Spring winds can be a major challenge for truckers

While many truckers are finally getting a bit of relief after a long, difficult winter of driving, they might not have as much respite as they would like. That's because, in many parts of the country, spring's arrival is accompanied by heavy winds and rain that can make it more difficult to navigate the nation's highways and byways.

With that in mind, pro haulers have to be aware of some of the risk factors around high winds, and what they can do to avoid those issues:

1) Check the weather

It should go without saying at any time of year, but when winds are particularly strong, truckers need to be aware of the weather forecast before they head out, according to Overdrive Online. If there's anything in the forecast that looks a bit questionable, you need to have a plan in place for how you'll deal with it.

2) Know what you're hauling

Another big factor in how risky winds can be for your truck is to have a good understanding of what you're transporting and how it's loaded into the trailer, Overdrive Online cautioned. Knowing how much freight you're hauling and where its center of gravity is will help inform your driving tactics overall. If your trailer is empty, that's an even bigger risk.

3) Inspect everything on the vehicle before heading out

While truckers should always carefully examine all aspects of their vehicle before hitting the road, it's even more important to do so when bad weather threatens the drive, according to Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable. This kind of once-over will help you determine if there's anything you need to do to make sure your vehicle is fully ready to travel through adverse conditions.

4) Keep an eye on the signs

When navigating any route - particularly one you're not too familiar with - it's wise to keep any eye on any signs that might warn motorists of high winds, Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable cautioned. That might be especially true through narrow passes, over hills or across bridges, where winds can get treacherous. As long as you have a good idea of what you're driving into, you can better plan to avoid risk.

5) Don't be afraid to slow down or stop

Sometimes, things on the road can get just a little too dangerous, and drivers should always be willing to change their plans, even if that means potentially getting to their destination later than anyone would like, according to CDL Training Spot. It's better to arrive after deadline than not at all, and your safety should be your foremost concern. When winds get too strong, it can sometimes be a better idea to simply wait out the weather.

Most truckers will have at least some experience in dealing with high winds, of course, but every trip brings with it a new risk - especially as weather patterns across the country shift and become more intense. As such, a little extra caution will go a long way toward keeping you safe.

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