Know Your Enemies: 3 Of The Biggest Threats To Harmonious Winter Driving

Whether you’re packing the car to take the family to a sports event over the winter or simply making a little extra money outside of your day job driving for a company like Uber or Lyft, the winter brings with it a series of unique challenges for drivers. While drivers must be aware, safe and well prepared at all times, the treacherous and often perilous conditions that the winter brings, combined with the way in which the colder months affect the behavior of other drivers require those behind the wheel to remain extra vigilant.


If you’ll be spending a lot of time on the road before spring rolls around, it’s up to you to familiarize yourself and guard against the seasonal threats to harmonious driving. For a safe and happy winter on the road, watch out for...

Trucks with tired drivers

Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and are up against stringent deadlines. This can be trying at the best of times, but in the cold and dark winter months, truck drivers can find themselves vulnerable to fatigue. Given the size and weight of a heavy goods vehicle, just a momentary lapse in a truck driver’s concentration could have serious consequences for you and your vehicle. If you are struck by a negligent truck driver you can get quality legal services from Gray and White Law. Nonetheless, it’s safest to try and avoid them altogether!

Poor route planning

With a lot of drivers off work over the new year, taking some much needed time with their kids or travelling out of town or out of state to visit family, this means a lot more drivers on the road over the coming weeks. With this in mind, poor route planning can make a potentially pleasant journey into a nightmare of nose-to-tail drudgery.

In the digital age, it’s tempting to let your GPS do all the work, and while most modern GPS devices will always keep recalculating your route should you hit traffic, it’s worth going over your prospective route in advance and looking out for anything like a mall that could attract large numbers of visitors, slow down traffic and impede your journey.

Coffee

Yup! Sorry latte lovers, but you read that right. While it may seem that coffee can give you the jolt of alertness and energy you need to stay at the top of your game on the road, chugging coffee after coffee while behind the wheel can actually be detrimental to your energy levels and concentration. This is because the caffeine in your coffee blocks an important neuroreceptor called adenosine which is essential in maintaining a fresh and reactive brain.

When this happens, after your initial caffeine jolt wears off you’ll start to feel sluggish and sleepy and this will inevitably affect your reaction times behind the wheel. Instead, drink plenty of water to stay alert and awake.
Take steps to guard against these potential threats and you’ll never know anything but happy, harmonious driving over the winter months.

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