Speed and control are important factors for truckers. When you add in weather conditions like high winds, carrying cargo can become even more challenging. Since trucks are taller than most vehicles, they are at risk of being caught in the wind. Picture a sail swaying back and forth.
Losing control is not only dangerous for a trucker but also for the other vehicles on the road. However, if you’re safely able to continue while driving in windy conditions, here are four helpful tips:
- Slow down early
Don’t wait until the last minute to slow down — or maintain a safe distance from other cars. Instead, gain a better understanding of wind speeds by looking at road signs. Monitor and control your speed as a proactive way of staying safe.
- Be mindful of your light-weight trailer
Less weight is more dangerous on a windy day. If the trailer is light-weight, it has a higher chance of swaying with the wind. More than likely, you may need to take your truck off the road to align with safety regulations.
- Make sure items are secure
Before you hit the road, secure your load. This includes doors and other items that will be exposed while transporting your cargo. Taking this step also helps to reduce the risk of flying items that may land on the road or hit other cars.
- Don’t push it
If you feel like you’re losing control, consider taking a break. Safely exit the road until weather conditions improve. If you feel confident that you can continue driving, keep your speed low.
Rain, wind, or shine, contact Reliable Permit Solutions before your next trip. We’re here to help you secure the proper permits for overweight/oversize loads, superloads, and other needs. We can even connect you with a pilot car company to schedule an escort. Call us today.