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Tips for HGV Operators in Snow and adverse Weather

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With Winter now having arrive it is essential that when Operating a Lorry Fleet you are prepared.

Keep an eye on the conditions

  • Regularly check the weather reports and keep up to date with any changes in road conditions
  • If your fleet of HGVs is operating across the UK or Europe the conditions can vary considerably from one region to the next make sure you get weather reports for all regions and update your drivers
  • Where weather conditions are severe update clients with delivery expectations well in avance.

 

Ensure your drivers are prepared

  • Discuss driving in difficult conditions with your fleet and ensure they are competent and know what to do in extreme weather.
  • Drivers can be sent on extra training courses to give them experience in driving in bad road conditions
  • For prolonged periods of snow consider fitting winter tyres to your fleet.

 

Driver Hours

  • Where deliveries are taking longer much longer than usual keep a close eye on driver hours it is sometimes possible to extend driver hours speak to the relevant authorities.

 

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Tips for driving a HGV or Truck in Snow and Ice

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Driving Trucks in snow inevitably takes more time, please allow extra time for your journey.

Driver slowly taking your time and keep extra distance between other road users.

Other drivers may get into difficultly or drive erratically beware of other road users actions

Avoid any sudden acceleration, braking or turning

When it is snowing visibility can be significantly reduced, dip your headlights and reduce your speed

If you have independent retarders on your truck take care when going downhill as wheels can lock.

Snow can cover road signs, take extra care at junctions

When you have an articulated lorry with a load attached or a trailer brake over a much longer distance

If your steering feels light you are probably driving on black ice take extra care and reduce speed slowly

When you are setting off ensure you have cleared the snow and the ice from the whole of the windscreen.