Trying to stay warm in winter is a struggle for most people, depending on where you live of course, but it’s especially tough on truckers. Those of us who drive freight on 18 wheels and live out of our truck through all of the seasons are daredevils!
There are several ways to stay warm in winter, though, and you should be taking advantage of them. Just treat it like you were going to go camping during the winter or fall seasons, and you’ll be alright.
If you were camping, you would want a heavy sleeping bag or several really heavy blankets. The same goes for being on the road!
Be sure to check with your company to see if they do have an extreme cold weather idle requirement. Most of them require the truck to run when the temp gets below 20 degrees. When traveling in colder climates, you should always be ready for whatever you may encounter.
Here are a few tips to stay warm in the winter that you can use this cold season in your truck:
1. Inspect Your Vehicle
Professional drivers are required to check their vehicles before every trip. We do a visual, hands-on inspection and check all necessary items, including tires, wiper blades, fluids, and lights. Check your vehicle more often due to temperatures.
This ensures that you don’t have any serious engine issues that would prevent your rig from working and turning you into a popsicle.
2. Run Your Heater
Otherwise, as you are finishing up your paperwork and getting ready for bed, run your heater and fan on their highest setting to heat the truck up. Just before you shut the truck off, remember to turn the fan down, or you'll be blowing icy air at you first thing in the morning.
You can also get yourself a space heater and power it through an external power source, so it doesn’t suck on the battery power.
3. Sleeping Bag