Be mindful of truck drivers on the road during a winter storm

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More snow and a wintry mix are headed our way, and it could be coming just in time for Wednesday’s evening commute. 

Snow could be falling by 5 p.m. Wednesday and snowfall at rush hour can turn into a real headache as your heading home.

Wednesday’s winter weather will be the third round of snowfall western Massachusetts has seen in just the last eight days and for truck drivers, it’s hard to avoid it.

If you’re driving by a big rig in winter weather, it’s best to give them some room. It’s for your safety as well as theirs.

Michael Brown, a trucker from New York, told 22News, “Follow too close behind, or they try to pass when really they shouldn’t. They gotta realize it takes us a long time to stop in good weather, in bad weather it takes a lot longer to stop.”

In storms like the one that dumped several inches on the Pioneer Valley this past Monday, the speed limit on the Mass Pike was reduced to 40 miles per hour, but even taking it slow, cars can spin out.

Truck driver Dustin Burr of Kansas, who is still in training, said instructors make sure they know how to handle driving in harsh weather, “Yeah we had some in our orientation, and I have my trainer here, he gives me tips as well. I think they do a really good job clearing the roads most of the time. It’s really not much of a problem.”

In some severe winter weather, Massachusetts will ban tandem tractor trailers from being out on state roads and highways.

You can minimize your chances for skidding on snowy roads by going slow, and making sure your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread.

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