Winter Driving Resources
Your Nebraska Trucking Association will continue to provide the best resources to keep your drivers aware, trained and ready for changing conditions.
Winter driving quiz video
Winter skids for drivers
Before the Trip
- Get an early start and allow more time than usual for a given trip. Get an early start and allow more time than usual for a given trip.
- If possible, postpone your travel until roads have been plowed, treated, and cleared
- Get plenty of rest.
- Obtain road and weather conditions from dispatch, state road condition hotlines, radio reports, and from other drivers for the area you will be traveling.
- Plan your route
- Always wear your seat belt
- Keep mirrors, windows and lights clean.
- Ensure the windshield washer reservoir is adequately filled with a freeze-resistant cleaning solution.
- Inspect your tires to ensure they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.
- See company policy on tires and tread depth.
- Be prepared with flares, a flashlight, gloves, winter clothing, and proper footwear.
- Become familiar with the chain laws for each state in which you plan to travel.
During the Trip
- Do not pass other vehicles on or near bridges as bridges are likely to freeze first
- If necessary, pull off of the highway and park at the first safe place.ï‚· The key to defensive driving in snow and ice is SPACE and SPEED.
- If you do not tailgate, you will not be caught by surprise when the brake lights of the vehicle ahead suddenly come on. (See crash
- Leave yourself room in case something happens ahead
- Provide a gap between your vehicle and the vehicle(s) in front of you, to significantly lower your chances of sliding into a collision in the event you are struck from behind
- Be on the lookout for other vehicles having problems with road conditions (See crash #2).
- Constantly stay alert and proactively scan the road ahead to anticipate emergencies.
- Give snowplows plenty of room. A snowplow driver has a limited field of vision. Stay back 15 car lengths until you are sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.
- Slow down and adjust your speed to road and traffic conditions.
- Turn on headlights to help be visible to other drivers.
- Plan ahead for lane changes.
- Check your mirrors.
- Check your blind spots.
- Signal your intentions well in advance.
- Focus on driving. Do not use cruise control.
- To help prevent skidding, brake before turning.
- Whenever possible, don’t accelerate out of a turn, as this will increase your chances of losing control.