See and be seen: Winter Driving Tips

Truck is driving on the road in winter with snow and ice

During the winter season, visibility is a serious issue. Not only are the nights longer, but inclement weather can make it nearly impossible to see, and to be seen. This blog spot will deal with lights, and how to make sure they’re clearly visible from all angles. The worst snow accumulation will be on the rear of the trailer. As you drive, the trailer creates a low pressure are behind itself, and the air rushes in to fill the near vacuum. As the air moves in behind the trailer, it draws in the snow, which then sticks to the back of the trailer. For this reason, I’d suggest getting into the habit or regularly stopping (every hour of 2 at most) and walk around, clearing snow from all the lights and license plates. The lights on older trailer generated a small amount of heat that would help reduce the snow accumulation, but it wouldn’t eliminate it. Newer LED lights, while less expensive, do not generate any heat, and are quickly covered in snow. But you can use the trailer slip stream to help keep LED lights somewhat clear. Cut a 10 cm piece of nylon fishing line, remove the LED light, and insert 2 cm of the fishing line into the hole, then replace the LED light. The slip stream as you drive will cause the fishing line to move about, and help prevent snow from building up. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it helps, and as they say, every little bit helps.