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Illinois truck accident lawyer winter weatherThe winter is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. Winter weather can lead to snow and ice on the roadway, as well as reduced visibility, increasing the risk that drivers will lose control of their vehicles. Even in clear weather, low temperatures can lead to safety issues, such as “black ice” that may not be noticeable until it causes a vehicle to lose traction. These safety concerns can affect commercial trucks even more than other vehicles, since due to the large size and weight of tractor-trailer trucks, they require more time and distance to come to a stop, and winter weather conditions can cause a truck driver to lose control of their vehicle. To prevent truck accidents, drivers should be sure to follow the proper safety procedures during the winter.

Commercial Truck Safety in the Winter

While truck drivers should take care to drive safely at all times, they will need to take additional measures to ensure that they can operate their vehicles correctly and avoid collisions during the winter. These measures include:

  • Performing pre-trip inspections - A truck’s systems should be inspected closely to identify and address any safety issues before beginning a delivery trip. Drivers should ensure that tires are properly inflated and can provide enough traction, that brakes and trailer couplings are functioning correctly, that antifreeze and coolant levels are topped up, and that windshield wipers and defrosters are working properly, 

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