Safe Winter Driving Tips for Your Diesel Truck
Driving in the winter can be dangerous. From ice on the roads to frigid temperatures and low visibility, you'll run into numerous hazards that you wouldn't find during the other seasons. In addition, diesel trucks have their own set of winter requirements. Here's what you need to know to stay safe and comfortable in your truck until the weather warms up again.
General Winter Driving Tips
- Allow extra space for braking. You never know when there could be ice on the road that you cannot see. It is better to be a bit overly cautious than to risk sliding into someone.
- Lower your speed and drive more conservatively to reduce the risk of losing control of your truck. However, don't drive so slowly that you are creating a hazard for other drivers.
- Have your vehicle serviced on a regular basis to ensure that all major components are functioning properly. Have everything checked out by a mechanic at the beginning, middle and end of the season, as cold weather can create added wear on your engine components.
- Keep an emergency kit in the cabin, including first aid supplies, heavy blankets, flares, water and non-perishable food in case you get stranded in the snow. Before you head out, make sure that your phone is fully charged, and bring a backup battery if you have one.
- Trucks are much heavier than regular passenger cars, so they take longer to stop, especially on icy roads. Be sure to take this into account when determining your following distance.
- Take great care when getting in and out of the cab so that you don't slip and fall. Hold the door and internal grab handles to help keep your balance. Keep a bag of salt in your truck to help break up ice when you get out.
- Make good use of your four-wheel drive. It will help your tires to maintain strong traction on the road and prevent skids.
- Avoid letting your truck idle when you first start it up. The diesel exhaust fluid can freeze at temperatures below ten degrees, so you need to get it moving right away.
- Keep your fuel tank at least half-full at all times. This will help to prevent the diesel fuel from freezing at low temperatures.
As mentioned above, one of the most important things you can do to protect your safety during the winter is to keep your truck properly serviced. Here at Bodacious Diesel, we specialize in diesel trucks, so you can have confidence that your truck is in the best possible hands with us. We welcome you to bring your truck to us whenever you need service or just a checkup for your peace of mind. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our expert diesel truck mechanics.
From all of us here at Bodacious Diesel, stay safe on the roads this winter!