27 Dec How does bad weather impact transportation?
When bad weather strikes, trucking companies still have an important job to do. During the winter season of 2017-18, parts of the United States are experiencing colder and wetter temperatures, impacting how you get the job done.
Whether it’s fog, rain, wind or snow, weather has a significant impact on trucks and the roads we travel. Weather can affect your visibility, the way you handle your truck and can cause travel delays. To help, we have shared some of the most severe weather instances and how it impacts transportation.
On foggy days, plan for prolonged travel time as fog reduces your visibility distance. Expect traffic speed to be affected and keep in mind that there is a higher risk for accidents.
Even the lightest rain can cause pavement friction, while heavier rain can impact your visibility distance. Rain can also increase braking distances and the likeliness of wheel spinning or hydroplaning. Heavy rains pose the risk of roadways flooding, dangerous driving conditions or detours, so plan for increased travel times.
The slightest gusts of winds can make it harder for you to control your truck, but maintaining that control with winds that are greater than 50 mph is nearly impossible. It’s important to take caution on bridges and overpasses as these become especially dangerous! Add to it any other weather condition and wind can cause dramatic restrictions. Remember to research forecasted wind speeds and consider waiting for conditions to improve if they pose a risk.
Snow decreases visibility and traction, while also impacting travel delays, road closures and driver control over bridges and ramps. When traveling in snow expecting regions, make sure that you have working wipers and a windshield defroster. You should also use your low beams to help improve your visibility and increase your driving distance to allow for safe braking.
Drivers, before you leave, remember to check the weather forecasts along your route. In hazardous conditions, plan for extra transit time and make sure you have emergency equipment that you might need. Remember your safety relies on being prepared, so always complete your inspection before hitting the road, even when you don’t expect bad weather.