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Spring Driving Challenges for Truck Drivers in the Midwest

May 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Bay and Bay Transportation | Truck Drivers in Eagan, MN and throughout the Midwest!

Things are finally starting to take a turn for the warmer here in the Midwest. Though the precipitation hasn’t let up, it’s at least turned from snow to rain, a much more pleasant alternative. Even though the worst of the weather conditions are behind us, there are plenty of challenges that truck drivers in the Midwest face during spring. Bay & Bay Transportation explores the unique spring challenges and obstacles truck drivers face.

Wind. In the Midwest, and particularly in tornado alley, there aren’t many barriers to the full force of the wind. The terrain is flat, and trees lines to break up the gusts are nearly nonexistent. Truck drivers already know that wind is felt more in semis; the high center of gravity and large wind-catching trailers always present a challenge when driving. When beginning your journey, take into account if your trailer is full or not as this will definitely affect how your truck handles in windy conditions.

Wildlife. Spring is the season of love…or so they say. Over the next few weeks, more and more wildlife will become active again as they wake from hibernation. Add in some lovesick animals, and you’re sure to see more than your fair share of deer, skunks, and maybe even bears. While these critters can pop-out and surprise truck drivers at any point, night or day, pay attention to animal crossing signs. Though animals won’t always cross there, those signs indicate a higher animal population and a tendency for vehicle accidents involving that animal.

Water. Even though temperatures have been consistently in the 60s for the last few weeks, the nights and mornings have still been cold at times. As truck drivers start their journeys each day, they should be cautious of wet areas on the road. While most times it will just be a puddle, dropping temperatures and varied altitudes may create ice patches where you least expect them. As the spring season begins, check the tires on your truck and trailer to ensure that you are well-equipped to handle water on the roads.

Though accidents happen, at Bay & Bay Transportation we aim to arm our drivers with the knowledge, tips, and equipment to remain safe on the road. If you are looking for a truck driving job in Minnesota, or anywhere else in the continental US, check out our Driver Opportunities or apply online.

 

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