As we all know, weather plays a big role when it comes to road conditions and driver’s safety. Some states experience this more than others. This especially goes for states that experience high temperatures in the summer and very low temperatures in the winter. A good example of this argument is states such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. These states can experience an extreme range of moisture as well as temperature conditions during winter months. For truck drivers, it is confusing to face a wide range of road restrictions, such as weight, height and seasonal weight restrictions. States with theses varying weather conditions suffer damaged road surfaces and in extreme cases they can also suffer damages beneath the surface areas. However some states, such as the ones mentioned earlier, have implemented seasonal weight restrictions to minimize damage to highways.
The seasonal load limit restrictions help protect pavement’s weak condition during freezing and thawing period. For example, from the chart below: the state of Wisconsin experiences a range of moist and extreme weather conditions, from -30 degrees Fahrenheit to +70 degrees Fahrenheit from December 1 to May 1 every year. This chart shows the importance for drivers to pay attention to those road restrictions.
Drivers should keep their truck load minimum during these seasons and thoroughly check their vehicles before their journey. Complete a pre-trip log enables the drivers to check for the DOT compliances and other requirements, such as seasonal loading restrictions before they hit the road.