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February 2014

Winter Driving Tips
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If there’s ice or snow on the road, it’s dangerous. Drive slowly and remember posted speed limits are maximum speed allowed in ideal weather conditions. If you’re driving on ice, you won’t know it until you need to stop. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a sedan, a 4-wheel drive or a big rig: brakes are the great equalizer.

Follow these tips for safe travels:
Tip #1 Making your pre-trip in winter weather. Adjust your usual pre-trip inspection to include removal of snow and ice from every window, exterior mirrors, windshield wipers, hood, roof (if possible), headlights and taillights.

Tip #2 Keep an eye on the temperature. Water freezes at 32 degrees. If spray is coming off the tires, it’s likely that the roads are wet (as opposed to ice covered), but keep in mind that road conditions can change quickly with dropping temperatures.

Tip #3 Don’t follow too close. Traffic tends to bunch up on bad roads–the natural inclination is to follow other drivers. Stay away from four-wheelers. Often they are under the illusion that the roads are safer than they actually are and drive at unsafe speeds.

Tip #4 Carry supplies. In the unfortunate event that you end up stuck due to weather conditions or a breakdown, or even just sitting in a backup, be sure you have necessities with you. Keep extra blankets, healthy snacks, and water. Be sure you keep your diesel tanks full so you won’t run out. Report any breakdowns or situations where you are forced into an emergency shutdown to the Safety Department.

Tip #5 Treat your diesel. Diesel gels when it gets really cold. If your diesel gels, your truck won’t run. If you are facing winter weather conditions, you need to put an anti-gel additive in your tanks (put it in BEFORE you fuel, so that it mixes).

Tip #6 Avoid distractions. Avoid fiddling with the radio, hands-free phone calls, eating or drinking. This will allow you to focus on the road and others around you.

Tip #7 Keep up to date with weather reports. If snow or ice is predicted, make plans to leave early or to arrive later. Consider finding a safe place to park until roads are clear for travel. Remember, Landstar is a safety first company and will support decisions to shut down over driving in treacherous conditions.

For more information, please contact: safety@landstar.com or 800-872-9496.