During the fall we can expect cooler temperatures, stunning foliage, shorter days, and the start of several holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Beyond that, this time of year also happens to be the busiest for the transportation sector. Our truck drivers are working hard since supermarkets and shops are starting to stock up on goods for the upcoming holiday season.
As you can imagine, it’s rather difficult to meet the demands of consumers while navigating the unique driving risks this time of year presents. This post will go over some safety tips that will make driving safely this fall much easier.
Tips for Truck Drivers on Fall Driving Safety
Here are some tips to assist truck drivers to travel safely this fall and smoothly transition into winter:
Watch Out for Deer
Deer tend to be are more active in the fall because mid-October to early December is mating season. This means drivers are at a higher risk of experiencing an animal collision during these months. Therefore, you must be alert at all times, especially when it gets closer to dusk (night driving tips).
Following are some recommendations for preventing truck crashes involving deer:
- Keep an eye out for deer crossing signs
- Obey the speed limit
- Use your high-beams when needed
- If you see a deer, stop and wait as there’s likely more nearby
- Scan the shoulders of the road
- Avoid swerving if you spot a deer, apply the brakes firmly
Prepare for the Intense Sun
Fall is when the sun is the brightest. The amount of sunshine during autumn will thus make it harder for truck drivers to notice other vehicles and the road in front of or around their truck. As a result, there’s an increased chance of an accident .
Wearing sunglasses, making sure your windshield is clean, and lowering your sun visors will help to diminish the dangers of the bright morning glare.
Beware of Fallen Leaves
Unfortunately, fallen leaves on the ground make the road surfaces slippery for approaching automobiles. For truck drivers, difficulties might arise even from damp leaves that stick to the road and make it slick. Not to mention that the leaves might conceal dangers like potholes, ice sheets, and other objects that could be potientally harmful.
It’s best to drive slowly and, if at all possible, steer clear of leaf piles if you want to prevent an accident (tips to minimize unsafe driving beahaviors). Avoid braking quickly or swerving; doing so will result in you loosing traction, which can cause your truck to slide erratically.
With the above guidance, you may successfully navigate the holidays and maintain your safety as the seasons change. Now is the time to review your maintenance schedule for your truck and be certain that you adhere to it to avoid costly problems down the road. Prior to your upcoming trip, make sure to keep these considerations in mind.
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