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We are already in the most Wonderful time of the Year

We are already in the most Wonderful time of the Year



You can almost hear the Christmas carols chiming in your ears. But is it really the most wonderful time of the year? If you are a truck driver, there are a lot of ups and downs in these months. Like every year the holiday season becomes a busy time, because everybody is in a hurry searching and buying last minutes items for the celebrations or gifts for the family. Besides that, people take the opportunity to travel and visit family and friends.

Highway traffic´s will be denser because more than 100 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season, according to AAA. A higher volume of vehicles traveling side by side on roads in December and early January creates an increased need for adherence to safe-driving habits, especially when coupled with adverse driving conditions. It´s highly recommend thar all drivers keep in mind that safety should be the number 1 priority.

In addition to the universal rules - do not speed, do not text and do not drink and drive - we´ve assembled some additional tips to hopefully make holiday driving more enjoyable and safer, and to reduce those stress levels.

- The first step is to make sure your vehicle is operating properly;
- Plan your route in advance and check traffic;
- Follow speed limits and drive defensively;
- Allow yourself extra time;
- Be on the lookout for distracted drivers. Stay alert;
- Avoid the busy hours for driving and distractions;
- Don´t break on ice and take caution on bridges;
- Idle in sub-zero temps: When you´re stopped, idle between 900 and 1,000 rpms to keep your engine at an operating temperature. A lower idle can cool the engine and cause the fuel filter to freeze;
- Keep your gas tank more than halfway full to avoid freezing;
- Buckle that belt;
- Make sure you bring your chains, if you leave the state of California the snowfall is dangerous.
- Finally, relax.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2024
 


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Edic.: 197
Autor: Juan Peña
Date: 12/2023


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