Preparing Your Semi Truck for the Winter

Ever thought of winterizing your semi truck?

As winter is around the corner, it’s high time for all owner-operators and fleet managers to prepare their semi trucks for snowy weather. Cold temperatures may severely impact a truck’s performance, which can result in crashes. 

That’s why it’s important to take necessary measures to prevent breakdowns and accidents. A well-maintained truck means you’ll be more productive and safe. If you haven’t started preparing your trucks for freezing temperatures and snowy roads, you still have time to do so.

Check out these tips to help you prepare your semi truck for the winter.

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CDL Holders Can Earn up to $200 an Hour as a Snow Plow Driver in MA

Did you know that there are no specific educational requirements to become a snow plow driver? All you need is a commercial driver’s license.

The real news is that snow plowing wages in Massachusetts are skyrocketing where different cities are offering varying rates. The average per hour rate is somewhere around $86-$200 across Massachusetts.

Luckily for you, if you possess a CDL or have your own vehicle, you can earn significantly higher rates. Here’s what you need to know.

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Safety Closures on I-70 in Colorado

Now that sun glare season has begun, truckers and other drivers in Colorado need to be careful while driving along I-70 early in the morning. To tackle the dangers of sun glare season, authorities are taking strict measures. In recent weeks, The CDOT has issued early morning safety closures whenever they deem the sun glare as too dangerous for drivers.

In this article, we further discuss the safety closures, offer detours, and provide tips to remain safe.

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Ways to Save on Your Truck Insurance

No matter how good of a driver you are, you probably notice your truck insurance premiums rising every year. Though most factors that cause premiums to increase aren’t in your control, there are some things you can do to try and keep them as low as possible.

Don’t worry if you do not know where to start. Here’s 6 ways to save on your truck insurance.

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How Much Will It Cost to Insure My Tractor Trailer?

A tractor-trailer is a combination of both a trailer and tractor that are connected by a fifth wheel hitch. In general, they’re used to transports heavy loads from one place to another. This type of truck has many names that can often confuse people.

Many people use the word “semi” to describe a tractor-trailer, while others call it an 18-wheeler. There are also other terms to describe these, such as big rigs and semitrailers. So, if you come across these names when reading or discussing a tractor-trailer, you should know that they all refer to the same truck.

Regardless of what you call a tractor-trailer, it’s important to buy insurance for it. Let’s dive into the cost and tell you how you can get discounts on your insurance.

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What to Do Following a Truck Accident

The first few hours following a truck accident are crucial for the motor carrier. Whether an accident was serious or just a fender bender, the situation requires immediate attention. In fact, taking appropriate action at that time can determine the case’s fate and whether it will go to trial or result in a settlement.

For instance, if the truck driver is involved or responsible for the crash, it’s crucial that they know who to call. The first call from the scene of the accident should be to the safety officer, company’s dispatcher, or an employee who knows what to do.

If you’re a trucker or own a fleet, following the correct process after a truck accident is important for the legal outcome.

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How to Navigate through Difficult Terrain and Weather

Thanks to navigation systems, truckers can find their way around new areas pretty easily. But what about when the terrain and weather gives them trouble? Experienced drivers know that the terrain they drive through may impact their journey and safety.

For instance, truckers who drive in the mountains know there will be hard climbs and steep downhill grades. Difficult terrain will test a driver’s skill and the truck’s ability to stop and slow down. However, grades and steep hills aren’t the only danger drivers have to face.

The weather in the mountains change with the altitude. As you begin driving up the mountainous route, visibility is usually reduced. It doesn’t end here as temperature also plays a crucial role when you drive across difficult terrains. If you’re an experienced driver, you know that rain at the bottom turns to snow at the top. In these weather conditions, the roads can become slippery from the ice and rain.

If you’re a truck driver, here’s how to navigate through difficult terrain and weather.

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