The Rocky Mountain West is famous for its rugged, four-season beauty, but when you’re a logistics company, that beauty can be tempered by the potential hardships it poses for business. In Salt Lake City, Denver, Boise, and throughout the area, storms, snow, and ice are just part of the job for Western Peaks Logistics.
At our logistics company, we monitor the weather constantly. It’s an important factor in the delivery business, and it’s one you can’t control, only prepare for.
When driving in rain, sleet, or snow, drivers and delivery companies must weigh various factors to come to a decision about whether to press on with deliveries or postpone them. These include the likelihood that the weather is going to improve or get worse as the day goes on, the terrain on the route the driver needs to take, the skill and experience of the driver, and how important it is for the delivery to arrive by a predetermined time.
Reliable Truckers & Couriers
Truck drivers hold special driver’s licenses. These licenses are classified differently based on factors such as the types of vehicles they can operate, the weight of the freight, and whether they are transporting hazardous materials.
But as anyone with an ordinary driver’s license knows, being licensed to drive is not any indication that a driver will have skill or expertise driving in less-than-optimal weather conditions. Being a logistics company in the Rocky Mountain West, our priority is to hire drivers who have the most skill and experience driving in the difficult weather conditions typical in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and throughout the area.
Cautious Delivery Drivers
Truck drivers know that their stop time increases in bad weather, and they adjust their driving habits accordingly — especially in hilly territory. The weight of a tractor-trailer full of freight can be an advantage in bad weather — but it can also be a disadvantage.
Experienced truckers drive slowly in snow, keep a buffer zone around them so other vehicles do not get too close, and ensure that their lights are always clear of snow accumulation. They also carry emergency kits with shovels and sand or cat litter to help with traction, should the truck get stuck.
Truckers also have to be prepared to deal with mechanisms, parts, or fluids freezing up, such as tires, air tanks, brakes, and windshield washer fluid.
You may hear authorities warning drivers to stay off roads during storms, but it all comes down to the safety of the vehicle and the skill of the driver. That’s why you will see Western Peaks Logistics drivers out on the roads in Salt Lake City, Denver, and Boise during bad storms — we can handle it.
Depend on Our Deliveries
Certainly, in severe weather conditions, even the best drivers should stay off the roads. But among our critical shipments are COVID-19 vaccines, which need to be kept at a certain temperature to remain effective. While Western Peaks Logistics prioritizes safety, our drivers know how many people are counting on their deliveries.