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High Winds Affect The Safety And Efficiency Of All Truck Drivers

Any driver knows that weather can play games with your vehicle on the road. Snow and ice can prevent sufficient tire traction; rain, snow, or fog can hinder vision; storms may produce dangerous tornadoes and high winds, or cause flooding on roads.

But even when the sky is perfectly clear, there is an invisible force has the potential of pushing an eighteen wheeler right off the road, leaving the driver frustrated at the least, and possibly injured. This force is called wind; yes, that innocent little breeze that keeps a child's kite drifting through the sky can wreak havoc on a semi trailer!

March is acknowledged to be the windiest month of the year in most states. This is due to the jet streams that usher in the new season, and high winds often carry over into April as well. Drivers of semi trucks do well to take note of projected wind forecasts as they plan their driving routes; keeping in mind that an empty trailer will be lighter and therefore more susceptible to the influence of gusts. Here are a few tips to remember when driving in March winds:

1. Take It Slow

The best way to deal with strong wind is to simply slow down; this reduces the counter-force created by driving against the wind, as well as preventing the gusts from violently swirling around the trailer. If you are concerned about making good time, just picture your truck laying on its side in the ditch; as the saying goes, better late than never. 

2. Aquaint Yourself With The Sail Area Of Your Trailer

The sail area (borrowing a boating term) is referring to the broad side of your trailer that will potentially be catching the wind.  Depending on what type of trailer you're pulling, you can determine to what degree you must reduce your speed when the wind picks up. Some trailers can have almost 500 square feet of sail area; that's a lot of wind resistance to try to control! 

3. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

By glancing out at the fields, trees, or even tall grass on the roadsides ahead of you, you may notice wind gusts before you come into contact with them. In this way, you will have the opportunity to slow down in advance and avoid possible disruption of your control. 

As a long-established business specializing in trucks and equipment, we care about the safety and efficiency of all truck drivers everywhere. We understand the hard work, struggles, and satisfaction of getting jobs done right; and it is our goal to help you achieve yours. Contact us today and let us know what we can do for you!

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