The Pacific Northwest is blanketed in snow which is expected to remain on the roadways for the next 36 hours. It is especially important to slow down as you drive on the roadways.
Truck drivers need to pay particular attention to safety and defensive driving. Truck drivers need to slow down, leave enough room between their rigs and other drivers. They also need to get off the roadway if conditions become too hazardous. In fact, federal regulations require this. Winter conditions require complete driver attention.
Earlier, as I was driving to work, I watched a truck driver operate his rig while talking on the cell phone. This distraction contributes to accidents. In fact, it is estimated that 5,500 people were killed in 2009 by distracted drivers. It is also estimated that over 450,000 were injured by distracted drivers. Truck drivers must avoid distractions, especially in winter conditions.