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April Showers Can Bring Trouble for Truck Drivers

While April showers are known to bring May flowers, these rainstorms also bring trouble for truck drivers — especially in the Middle Tennessee area. Many people have the belief that driving in rain isn’t that treacherous or difficult. However, if you incorrectly steer or navigate your 18-wheeler, you’ll quickly find trouble.

Instead of experiencing difficulty while driving in the rain this April, use these driving tips from United Truck Driving School as well.

Slow Down!

Even though rain may not seem dangerous, it can certainly cause harm to truck drivers. By staying at or below the speed limit, you can eliminate your chances of hydroplaning across the road. Remember when driving to go below the speed limit if weather conditions worsen. Driving slow just might save your life on the road!

Turn on Headlights

As required by the law (and for your own safety and the safety of those on the road), always turn your headlights on when the rain begins. In the case of a torrential downpour, your headlights will indicate your presence on the road to other drivers.

Give Other Drivers and Yourself Space on the Road

When the skies open up and a crazy thunderstorm happens, it’s in your best interest to leave significant space between the car or truck in front of you. Having to quickly slam on your brakes or swerve, who knows what could happen. 

Always Be Alert

Just as you should any time you drive, be alert when driving in the rain! By being distracted, you are immediately compromising your safety and the safety of others on the road. When driving in the pouring rain, DO NOT:

  • Talk on your cell phone
  • Drink or eat
  • Reach around your car for an object
  • Blast music

Interested in learning how to properly drive a truck in the rain? Obtain your Class A Commercial Drivers License at United Truck Driving School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Our thorough 18-day training course will get you on the road to your brand new career path in no time.