When harsh winter weather is expected, it can be challenging for drivers that don’t have the proper cold weather accessories for their truck. With a little preparation you can ensure that you stay safe and comfortable wherever you’re driving. We’ve compiled four of the best products for winter driving that truck drivers everywhere should keep at hand.
As a truck driver, it’s in the job description to get your cargo where it needs to be on time. Regardless of the season you’re in. During cold weather, a winter front will not make your truck start any better. It will help increase engine temperature while your truck idles or drives down the road by blocking cold air from getting to your engine. It allows your engine to operate at a normal temperature and will make your heater more effective as well.
Sometimes you’ll have to spend the night in the cab of your truck. There are few things worse than being overly cold while trying to sleep and a bunk warmer can help. The traditional method is to leave your engine running all night as you sleep, but that is both noisy and expensive. A bunk warmer is far more efficient. It is essentially an electric blanket that’s specifically designed for truck cab beds. A simple purchase like this will save money in the long run and the bunk warmer allows you to sleep warmly and comfortably.
AutoSock or Tire Chains
There’s nothing worse than being stuck and having to wait for help. You can take care of your own truck (and yourself) by investing in something to help your tires make it through snow and ice. Especially when you have been parked overnight, you can use either AutoSocks or tire chains to get traction in the snow and ice. Either of these two can be game changers that put you ahead of your unprepared competitors as you enter into snow and icy conditions.
More than anything, you need to keep yourself safe. Winter conditions can severely limit visibility. During a snowstorm, blizzard conditions, or even just a dark and cold night, it can be difficult for others to see you. If you’ve been stuck on the side of the road without proper safety equipment, you’ll know how scary it can be. Be prepared and have a reflective coat in your cab in case you need it. Insulated reflective coats also double as much needed sources of warmth.
Investing in the above accessories can help make your life easier, should you encounter trying winter conditions. You can keep safe and warm with a little pre-planning. The cold weather makes truck driving harder, but it doesn’t have to make it impossible. Get these accessories sooner than later and make your life easier during the cold weather.