Ah, the winter weather. We truck drivers love it. Delays, traffic jams, low visibility on the road, all things that the snow and ice bring that slow down our days, cause delays, and more.
Of course, we’re joking. When it comes to our line of work, the winter weather sucks. But we can’t stop it. And, if recent weeks are anything to go by, it’s hard to tell if/when big snowstorms and icy roads are going to occur ahead of time. Sure, we can keep an eye on the weather reports, but if I had a penny for every time the weatherman has been wrong, I’d be retired already.
So, in today’s bog, we’re going to take a quick look at some of the things you as a truck driver can take with you on the road that will help ease some of the stress of wintertime driving. Of course, these items won’t stop the ice and snow, and create a smooth road for you to drive from Edinburg to Cornwall on, but they’ll help with the little things. We start with:
No, this kind of de-icer won’t get rid of black ice on the road, but it will help on those cold mornings.
Available at more or less every truck stop and petrol garage, store-bought de-icer is cheap, effective, and universal. In case you’re one of the few truck drivers to have never bought, used, or heard of de-icer, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Or, in most cases, bottle.
A few sprays on your windscreen, windows, and mirrors will help to break down the stubborn ice that can often appear overnight without warning. What’s more, de-icer is more effective and easier to use than ice scrapers, or other similar items available.
So, it’s best to ensure you have one or two bottles always on hand in your cab. After all, supply and demand mean that, once the ice and snow begin to set, de-icer might be harder to come by when you’re already on the road. Not only this, but you’ll likely struggle to get to a shop or petrol garage after the ice has already settled to your windscreen…
Sand & Shovel.
Sadly, we’re not going to suggest you build sandcastles with these items.
Whilst it might seem like overkill, we can’t stress enough how smug you’ll feel when you’re able to operate around your truck after the snowstorm, and your fellow drivers won’t. And, of course, it should go without saying (but we’re going to say it again anyway), that this point assumes you have the space in your cab to stock a bag of sand and a shovel.
When you’re on the road, there will be the odd occasion that you’re hauled up for the night, you wake up in the morning, and, shock horror, there’s 3 inches of snow all around you. Of course, if you’re unable to drive, you make the appropriate calls, and let them know the delivery may be a little late. But how can you check on the rest of your vehicle? How can you safely walk alongside your truck to perform your daily checks? Well, with a bag of sand and a shovel, that question becomes answered.
We’ve compiled lists all about snacks on the road before. However, unlike those lists, here we’re just going to briefly outline why you should take snacks with you, rather than what snacks to take.
During the winter months, as we’ve already mentioned, there may be times when you become stuck or unable to drive when you’re already on the road. Because of this, it’s important to stock up on several foodstuffs and snacks that will last for a while before spoiling. As great as fresh fruits are for your health, they won’t last as long as items such as nuts, seeds, and canned products.
Alongside this, having several bottles of water is always a smart move, for the same reasons listed above.
We’re not expecting you to have a pool table and arcade machine in your cab, but some sources of entertainment are always a smart idea.
Once again, if you become stuck or unable to work whilst already on the road (and it’s due to the weather conditions), you may need to find yourself some entertainment until you’re able to get driving again.
Books and magazines are a safe bet, but we advise the odd puzzle or activity book also to provide your brain with a challenge or two. If you’re using electronic devices for entertainment, such as an e-book reader or portable games console, be sure to pack a charger and adapter. After all, there’s nothing worse than your console dying before you get a chance to save.
And there you have it, 4 (well, technically 5) items that every truck driver needs to prepare for the snow. Think we’ve missed any? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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Other than that, thank you for reading, and we’ll see you on the road… if the weather conditions aren’t too bad.