CLEVELAND– Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road so, you name it, they’ve seen it. When the roads do turn treacherous they hope motorists consider a few tips that can help everyone arrive at their destination safely.
“Clean your lights, clean your windows and you should be good to go,” said Jeff Lyon from Erie, Pa.
Sometimes the best advice on how to drive during winter weather comes from a truck driver who spends a lot of time on the road.
“You just have to adjust your driving speed and following distances based on the road conditions. Leave yourself more time to stop and more time to react,” David Johnson of Oakwood said.
Whiteout conditions can be extremely tough for anyone on the road, including truck drivers who go on high-alert when visibility decreases. They hope to avoid accidents like this one last week on I-90 that closed the highway for several hours.
“Just really try to watch a little closer and really slow down. Just watch ahead of you. Watch in your mirrors. Just keep track of what is going on around you,” Lyon said.
The biggest pet peeve for truck drivers when winter weather hits is how other vehicles manage their speed limit.
“The speeders, the speeders in this weather are the ones that won’t pay attention. I mean it is icy, the wind is real bad out here, those truck drivers and four-wheelers that just be flying,” said Everett Leach of North Carolina.
Remember, semi-trucks are much heavier than vehicles and take twice as long to slow down. Keep your distance and most importantly: “Take your time. Be very, very careful. That’s all I can really say. Be very careful,” Leach said.