Snowstorms have the potential to stop drivers in their tracks. So it is a good idea to make sure you have the necessary supplies to stay safe during the winter months.
□ De-icer and scraper – Having a good scraper and de-icer will help make sure your windshield is clean and clear while you are OTR
□ Putty knife and hammer – With how fast air tanks can freeze over when you are driving in the snow it is smart to check and make sure that there is no snow or ice packed into your air brakes. Your motor might not produce enough heat to melt the snow, so having a putty knife and hammer can help you knock the snow out from your air brakes.
□ Shovel and a bag of salt, sand or kitty litter – If your tires are turning and not gaining any traction, using salt, sand or kitty litter can give you that extra traction that you might need to get going.
□ Tire chains and installation tools – Tire chain can help with traction as well in certain situations. Make sure you know the tire chain laws of the state you are in, you can check each state’s law here.
□ Jump cables – Always useful, but especially important during the cold winter months.
□ Flashlights – Flashlights are important if you need to see while fixing something on your truck at night, need to find something in the dark or you need to get someone’s attention for help.
□ Bungee cords –Having some good bungee cords that are able to withstand freezing weather could be helpful during the cold months.
□ Half-full gas tank – Having a least a half-full tank of gas during the winter months is a good idea. You never know when bad weather might come your way and it be could be difficult to get fuel.
□ Heavy duty winter clothes – Having extra warm jackets, socks, gloves, hats and boots when you are on the road during the winter will help ensure you stay warm while you are over the road.
□ Knee pads – Heavy duty knee pads are helpful when you need to change your tires, refill fluids and checking truck equipment. Having knee pads that are too thin might not withstand the winter weather.
□ Extra blankets – having extra blankets can help keep you warm if you ever need them.
□ Extra food and water – make sure to have extra food and water stored in your truck in case you need to stay in place for an extended period of time.