We are in the thick of winter right now, and as the temperatures drop significantly, and the threat of ice, high winds and snow start to become a real issue for many, it is important that you are fully prepared as a HGV driver. At Ultima we specialise in HGV driver training in Lancashire, with a passionate service that helps people to gain real qualifications and on-the-job experience to become better HGV drivers for the career road ahead.
With the harsh winter months here, how can you best prepare for driving a HGV?
Always Be Prepared
Before setting out on any journey, take a look at the predicted weather, plan your route carefully, and check that you have the right equipment with you. Be sure to have everything that you might need during the cold winter months, including de-icer and an ice scraper (clearing the front windscreen and mirrors before departing), a shovel and a bag of sand or salt to use on minor roads if you get stuck, jump leads in case your vehicle or another on the road won’t start, a torch, food and water in case you break down and are waiting a long time for recovery, a warm blanket and extra clothes in case you break down, a high-visibility jacket, and always ensure that you are travelling with at least half a tank of fuel.
A Thorough Inspection
It is vital that before heading out on to the road at any time of year, but especially at Winter, that you conduct a thorough inspection of your heavy goods vehicle. This includes the wear, pressure and balance of tyres, whether the windscreen wipers are working perfectly, making sure all fluid levels are topped up and that the battery is effective. Ensure that all defrosters are functional, as well as the lights, and always check that the exhaust is clear of snow before setting off.
Drive Carefully at All Times
This might seem obvious, but it is sensible to take an even more cautious approach when the weather is bad during winter. Be careful getting in and out of your vehicle to avoid hazards, be aware of all potential hazards around you at all times and reduce the number of sudden, sharp movements you make that can lead to a loss of control and decreased traction. This will only lead to a higher risk of a collision. By maintaining safe distances, keeping a smooth line and a reasonable speed at all times, ensures there is a reduced risk of an accident occurring.
Consider other Vehicles
Drivers of smaller vehicles are even more vulnerable in winter conditions so always think about how your vehicle may affect them on the roads. Poor visibility should not be a reason to tailgate and leaving a responsible gap between vehicles is even more important as the weather becomes more severe. Think about the spray that your vehicle creates to others on the road and the stopping times that you need to account for in icy or wet weather.
If you are interested in finding out more about our intensive courses for HGV driver training in Lancashire, contact our today. It is easy to do so via 01942 254 848 or . We are committed to providing people with the skills and safety nous to enable a fruitful career as a HGV driver within the logistics industry and beyond.