Here's a daunting statistic: the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 3,986 people died in major truck accidents in 2016. According to the agency, the likelihood of accidents increases exponentially as changes in the weather cause roads to turn wet and slippery.
The driving situation becomes even more difficult as traffic volumes increase during major travel holidays. This is because cold weather can affect the way individuals interact with their vehicle, as well as the way vehicles interact with the road. Freezing temperatures, for example, can make cabins seriously uncomfortable, while ice and snow can compromise a driver's ability to keep control of his or her vehicle.
Fortunately, there are an array of safety features that can make vehicles safer and more accommodating despite weather changes and temperature plunges. Experts at automotive website Edmund's compile some of the most helpful add-ons for safe driving:
Heated Seats and Steering Wheel
As the vehicle's heater does little to give drivers and passengers heat until the engine warms up, it pays to have seat heaters when mornings get extra cold. Seat heaters enhance alert and safe vehicle operation as they keep drivers comfortable while driving. Users may also install a heated steering wheel that helps maintain a proper grip on the wheel regardless of freezing temperature.
Heated Side Mirrors and Windshield Wiper De-Icers
Ice or snow can render mirrors and wipers unusable. A windshield wiper de-icer thaws wiper blades to keep them from sticking to the glass. Heated side mirrors, meanwhile, integrate electrical elements that work as a defroster to keep mirrors clear. Integration, however, may be an issue for some users, as drivers may replace stock mirrors with those that have heat and electric operation features only if the existing mirrors had those capabilities to start with.
One of the worst things about driving through undesirable weather conditions is having to plow through snow and slush, despite reduced visibility. Consider installing headlight washers that will clear any blockage and allow the lights to shine without obstruction.
Adding lights to your truck will increase your visibility on the road as well as heighten safety for both the operators and the public. Wireless LED lights make the best option, as these eliminate the inconvenience associated with having to tow light cords. Go for high-powered units that deliver enhanced line-of-sight trucking capabilities.
Enhance your visibility on the road, no matter the weather, with wireless LED trailer lights from Tow Mart. Our high-powered wireless trailer light systems guarantee better road visibility to reduce your risk of meeting road accidents. These are lightweight, easy to install through a wireless transmitter as well as to operate, creating time-saving opportunities, especially for fleet operators. They can run for up to 20 hours on just a single charge so that you can stay safe even during long drives.
We offer a full selection of products that can help truck drivers stay safe while on the road. Let us help you choose the attachment that works best for you. Call us at 1-877-343-5648 or fill out our form today.