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
- 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 campaigns.ryder.com/WinterDriving.