Prepare for Slippery Roads
When it comes to truck driver safety tips, one of the best things you can learn about is skid control and prevention. Driving in heavy rain (or snow during the winter) probably means driving through slippery road conditions. To help you stay safe, make sure you’re familiar with the following tips:
Check the weather along your route.
Make sure your lights and windshield wipers are working.
Avoid parking on grassy or hard dirt surfaces.
Try to avoid driving or turning around on dirt lots.
Compact dirt roads and parking lots usually turn into mud swamps after and/or during a rainstorm. Spinning tires on heavy trucks kick up mud, sinking the tires in the ground like the truck is standing on quicksand. The best way to avoid getting stuck is avoid these areas, if possible.
Keep your radio on with the low volume
Increase following distance
Schneider recommends seven seconds of following distance in good conditions, and you may need to add to that in rainy conditions.
Do not use cruise control or engine brake
Using cruise means you lose the feel of the road and may not sense hydroplaning, and your engine brake (Jake brake) on wet and slippery roads could result in loss of traction.
Never over-drive your ability or the ability of your vehicle
Do not drive through flooded roads.