Vision Techniques

HGV Safety in the Snow

The country is becoming entrenched with snow and it is important for HGV drivers to be safe.

Although many of us adore a white Christmas, the snow can make HGV safety driving extremely difficult.

Prepare your HGV vehicle safety – including checking the tyres for air and tread depth, checking antifreeze levels, checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses, checking fuel and emission filters and checking the HGV battery.

Keep the necessary tools in your HGV vehicle at all times, including an ice scraper, defroster, cloth and full tank of petrol.

Plan your HGV safety route carefully.

Most importantly – drive carefully. Ensure there is at least 10 seconds difference between you and the car in front. Drive in a high gear to minimise the risk of skidding.

Do not hit the brakes if your HGV skids. Steer gently in a lower gear.