When we think about the causes for truck accidents, we mostly think of road or vehicle conditions as the lead contributors. But, did you know that the environment and the weather are some of the factors that have a greater impact on road safety? Furthermore, it is not often considered how weather conditions inside the truck’s cabin can affect drivers by increasing errors and accidents. Excessive heat, cold or extreme rain, are known to cause numbness, and poor visibility, among other effects that jeopardize their safety.

As a result, it becomes more complicated to deliver loads safely and on-time. Meaning that truck drivers have to find alternate routes that may lengthen transit times, or make unplanned stops to avoid truck accidents due to weather conditions. Keeping truck drivers safe also means keeping cargo safe, especially when hazardous road conditions may delay delivery times.

So, here are some interesting facts that can help you stay safe on the road.

According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the weather plays a factor in 20% of truck accidents. Rain, snow, ice, hail, sleet, fog, extreme heat or cold, and high winds are some of the most common causes. And with global warming, poor road conditions caused by weather are becoming even more frequent.

Out of 18,212 accidents in Mexico in 2020, 5.6% were caused by natural agents, such as rain, snow, or hail, and, of those, 40.40% involved a single truck, combined truck, van, or pickup.

Although these phenomena are not caused by human action, it is necessary to take precautions to keep yourself as safe as possible.

For more information on how to stay safe on the road, we recommend reading 10 Truck Driver Safety Tips.

Happy Hauling, always safely!