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Precautions for Transporting Hazardous Materials in Colder Temperatures

The leaves have changed, the temperatures are dropping, and cold weather is just around the corner.  Here are some tips for staying safe in cold weather:

  • Make sure your trucks are up to date on all regularly schedule maintenance an are using fuel that has been treated and blended for low temperatures.
  • Keep all drivers up to speed on winter driving with refresher courses if needed, even those drivers operating out of warmer weather locations as their travel may take them to snowy regions.
  • Drive slower than the speed limit when necessary. Snowy or icy road conditions may be too fast for the legal speed limit.  Take as much time as necessary to safely arrive at your destination.
  • Don’t travel in a pack. Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicles around you.  If it’s snowy outside and you can see the taillights of the vehicle in front of you, you’re traveling too close.
  • Always be prepared. It’s good practice to carry cat litter with you should your tires become stuck on ice.  Cat litter is environmentally friendly and will give you extra traction.  Carrying a hammer and putty knife can be helpful to make sure there’s no snow or ice packed around your air tanks.


It’s better to be prepared for any circumstance than to be stranded or suffer a breakdown during cold weather.  And with the changing weather patterns, even those drivers in more southern states should start considering cold weather preparations.

Our terminal network stretches from upstate New York down to central Florida, and we transport throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.  All Carbon Express drivers are intensely trained on how to transport hazardous materials in extreme temperatures. We take the safety of our drivers, the public, and our clients seriously all year round.

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