Working the Weather: Rain
Working through weather conditions is an on-going process for truck drivers, and anyone who finds themselves on the road more often than others. With seasons changing comes weather changing and finding ways to ensure your safety during not so great conditions is very important. Rain is one of the main culprits of harsh conditions and we can get it almost year-round. Its important to understand the dangers rain can pose, and how to prepare for it.
With winter winding down, the dangers of icy snow-covered roads are becoming a thing of the past. Although spring is here, it is also going to bring rain with it. Even in no frost areas, rain can still have a tremendous affect on driving ability and vision. Heavy rains can cause obscured vision and can leave roads wet and slippery. One danger wet roads pose is hydroplaning which is a term used to describe the affect of a car sliding across a slippery wet surface uncontrollably. The water on the ground causes loss of traction for tires resulting in loss of control of the vehicle, steering, braking etc. It is very dangerous and is most dangerous after a light rain which mixes with oils on roads creating a recipe for disaster.
Being aware of the dangers of harsh weather conditions is one thing but being able to prepare for them can save your life. This is where maintaining maintenance on your vehicle is very important, especially for truck drivers. Checking your tire pressure and rotation regularly should always be a first step in on the road safety. A simple task such as this one ensures that your tires are always in top condition because they play a big role on the road. Worn down and deflated tires disable traction on the road making your vehicle a target for hydroplaning. Checking windshield wipers is also something we don’t think of on a regular basis but should be part of your inspection process when facing potential rain. Rain can obscure your vision in a matter of seconds depending on the strength so making sure the wipers are in top notch shape is a must. Another no brainer way to avoid hydroplaning: SLOW DOWN. Slowing down during rain allows your tires to maintain traction and effectively scatter the water underneath it.
Knowing the dangers rain can impose and being able to prepare for them is important when it comes to on the road driving. Practicing safe driving in general is important for your own life as well as all the lives around you.