Winter Log Hauling Safety Measures

Log Hauling | 10 November 2017

Driving a logging truck in serious winter conditions demands a specific set of safety measures. At Valley Carriers, we know that knowledge and implementation of proper preventative safety skills for driving in poor conditions can separate the professional drivers from the rest of the pack. That is why we have put together some simple winter log hauling safety measures that are designed to help you stay safe this winter.

1. Complete Your Pre-Trip

There are enough things that will surprise you during the day without your truck being one of them. Make sure that you know your equipment inside and out. You need to be 100% certain before you leave that the defroster, heater, wipers, wiper motor, and lights are working properly; the washer fluid is topped up, moisture is drained from the air tanks; all brakes are set up; and the windows and mirrors are completely clean.

2. Make Sure You Have All the Pre-Work Information

Make sure that you talk to your supervisor the day before you leave in order to find out where you are headed, what sort of terrain it is in, and what usual and unusual winter hazards you should expect to encounter. If your supervisor does not have this information, try asking the dispatcher or another truck driver.

3. Pay Attention to the Weather

Pay attention to the weather report and an outside thermometer. When temperatures hover a few degrees either side of zero, conditions can get tricky. With inversions and unpredictable winter weather patterns, temperatures change dramatically over a few hundred metres. Paying close attention to the weather report and an outside thermometer can help you properly prepare for the day ahead.

4. Slow Down

At fault accidents are mostly caused by excessive speed. Driving at the speed limit may be legal, but it is often too fast for snow covered or icy road conditions. Take as much time as you need. Rushing in poor weather conditions could cause harm to you and others on the road.

5. Braking

Try to avoid overusing your foot brake, unless the entire unit is absolutely straight on the road. Over braking when the entire unit is not straight can cause the trailer to slide and spin you out of position.

6. Do Not Stop on the Shoulder of the Road

This is especially true in low visibility situations, such as driving in the winter or blinding snow. Other vehicles can mistake your position for being on the road and, as a result, slam into the back of your truck.

If you would like to learn more winter log hauling safety measures, or if you are interested in one of our products or services (log hauling services, trucking services, and wood recycling), please contact Valley Carriers at 604-853-1075.