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Ryder Produces Online Winter Preparedness Site for Truck Drivers

January 8, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Safety
Ryder Produces Online Winter Preparedness Site for Truck Drivers

With the week-old New Year already dumping some fierce ice storms and snow onto much of the nation’s highways, it’s essential that commercial truck drivers be prepared.

As a result, Ryder Inc. has produced a website that provides a driver emergency checklist, as well as a pair of videos with good information that might make all the difference in the event of a winter weather emergency on the Interstates.

Ryder’s latest blog post includes a Driver Emergency Checklist that can help make all the difference in the case of a winter weather emergency on the roadways.

The site says proper planning can help truck drivers avoid unexpected fleet maintenance costs and downtime as a result of bad weather. This site offers access to the important operational information, practical knowledge and tips necessary to keep a fleet up and running.

Ryder says that in order to prepare for winter weather driving conditions, it’s crucial to for drivers to equip their vehicles with a variety of survival, safety and maintenance items. Many of these are materials that drivers already have on hand or are easy to find. With a little bit of effort, vehicles can be stocked up, making a huge impact on winter driving safety.

Be sure your drivers have the following items aboard:

  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Cell phone power charger and external batteries
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • Matches
  • Extra set of mittens, socks and hats, gloves and winter jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Small sack of sand to aid tire traction
  • Small shovel
  • Set of tools: pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Booster cables
  • Tire chains or traction mats
  • Canned fruit and nuts
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water

For more tips, advice and knowledge about how drivers can weather the winter months, visit