Road Safety During Winter: Navigating Challenges with Commercial Vehicles

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Road Safety During Winter: Navigating Challenges with Commercial Vehicles

Stillman & Friedland

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As Nashville welcomes the chill of winter, road safety becomes a crucial topic, especially concerning large trucks and commercial vehicles. The combination of icy roads, reduced visibility, and Nashville’s bustling activity creates unique challenges for commercial vehicle drivers. This article, part of our ongoing “Commercial Vehicles: Trucks and Vans” series, focuses on how to navigate these winter road conditions safely.

Before we examine the impact of road safety during winter, let’s revisit the informative articles in our series:

The Impact of Winter on Commercial Vehicle Maneuverability

Winter conditions can significantly affect the handling of large trucks and commercial vehicles:

  1. Icy Roads: The reduced traction on icy roads increases the risk of skidding, particularly for heavy vehicles like trucks.
  2. Reduced Visibility: Fog, snow, and early nightfall can drastically reduce visibility, making it harder for drivers to see other road users and obstacles.
  3. Braking Distance: Cold weather can affect braking systems, often increasing the stopping distance for large vehicles.

Tips for Commercial Drivers in Winter Conditions

  1. Regular Vehicle Checks: Ensure your vehicle is winter-ready with proper tires, antifreeze levels, and functional lights.
  2. Adapt Driving Style: Slow down, increase following distances, and avoid sudden maneuvers.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with weather reports and road conditions.

The Role of Vehicle Maintenance

Regular maintenance and inspections are vital in winter. This includes:

  • Checking tire tread and pressure.
  • Ensuring the heating system works efficiently.
  • Regularly checking and maintaining brakes.

Maintaining Safety for Other Road Users

For those sharing the road with commercial vehicles:

  • Keep a safe distance from trucks, giving them more room to maneuver.
  • Be aware of a truck’s blind spots, especially in conditions of reduced visibility.
  • Avoid abrupt lane changes or stops in front of large vehicles.

Emergency Preparedness

Commercial drivers should be prepared for winter emergencies with:

  • A well-stocked emergency kit including blankets, food, water, and a first aid kit.
  • Tools for snow removal and ice scraping.
  • Extra fuel and engine oil.


Winter brings challenges that require vigilance, preparation, and adaptability from both commercial vehicle drivers and other road users. By following these safety tips and being aware of the unique challenges of winter driving, we can all contribute to safer roads in Nashville.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a winter-related accident with a commercial vehicle, Stillman & Friedland is here to help. Contact our Nashville office at 615-244-2111 for a complimentary, confidential consultation. Remember, we work on a contingency basis – you only pay if we secure a settlement or jury award for you.

Stay safe this winter, Nashville.

Because we care…

Stillman & Friedland Attorneys