Winter Driving Resources
Your Nebraska Trucking Association will continue to provide the best resources to keep your drivers aware, trained and ready for changing conditions.
Before the Trip
- Get an early start and allow more time than usual for a given trip. Get an early start and allow more time than usual for a given trip.
- If possible, postpone your travel until roads have been plowed, treated, and cleared
- Get plenty of rest.
- Obtain road and weather conditions from dispatch, state road condition hotlines, radio reports, and from other drivers for the area you will be traveling.
- Plan your route
- Always wear your seat belt
- Keep mirrors, windows and lights clean.
- Ensure the windshield washer reservoir is adequately filled with a freeze-resistant cleaning solution.
- Inspect your tires to ensure they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.
- See company policy on tires and tread depth.
- Be prepared with flares, a flashlight, gloves, winter clothing, and proper footwear.
- Become familiar with the chain laws for each state in which you plan to travel.
During the Trip
- Do not pass other vehicles on or near bridges as bridges are likely to freeze first
- If necessary, pull off of the highway and park at the first safe place.ï‚· The key to defensive driving in snow and ice is SPACE and SPEED.
- If you do not tailgate, you will not be caught by surprise when the brake lights of the vehicle ahead suddenly come on. (See crash
- Leave yourself room in case something happens ahead
- Provide a gap between your vehicle and the vehicle(s) in front of you, to significantly lower your chances of sliding into a collision in the event you are struck from behind
- Be on the lookout for other vehicles having problems with road conditions (See crash #2).
- Constantly stay alert and proactively scan the road ahead to anticipate emergencies.
- Give snowplows plenty of room. A snowplow driver has a limited field of vision. Stay back 15 car lengths until you are sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.
- Slow down and adjust your speed to road and traffic conditions.
- Turn on headlights to help be visible to other drivers.
- Plan ahead for lane changes.
- Check your mirrors.
- Check your blind spots.
- Signal your intentions well in advance.
- Focus on driving. Do not use cruise control.
- To help prevent skidding, brake before turning.
- Whenever possible, don’t accelerate out of a turn, as this will increase your chances of losing control.