How To Dress To Work in Extreme Winter | Truck & Bus Driving


Hi there smart drivers. Rick with Smart
Drive Test talking to you today about warm winter wear. This is for anybody
who’s going to be freezing their huckleberries off in Twig, Minnesota, USA,
Alaska, or northern Canada working as a truck driver or maybe as a bus driver.
Stick around we’ll be right back with that information. [INTRO & UPBEAT MUSIC] Hi there smart drivers. Rick with Smart
Drive Test talking to you today about warm winter wear. Two golden rules of
working in sub-zero temperatures: first of all, make sure you have lots of layers
on because you can take it off and if you don’t have it you can’t put it back
on the. Next one is, you need to stay warm not try to get warm after you’ve got
cold. Because if you get cold and try to get warm the chances of that happening
are nigh impossible. Now if you’re new to Smart Drive Test, Smart Drive Test helps
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consider subscribing… way over there. As well, hit that bell. That way, you’ll get instant notification when I get the videos up for you. Now put on a minimum of three layers
when you’re dressing for sub-zero temperatures. And I’m talking minus 20
degrees Celsius or anything below zero degrees Fahrenheit. It is going to be
super cold if you are working outside strapping down loads, moving trailers
around, and those types of things. And you want to make sure you have a lot of
clothing on. The first layer is going to be your socks and your thermal underwear: long johns and a thermal under-shirt. A T-shirt will work in a pinch, but this is the
most important layer because it’s going to whisk the perspiration away from your
body if you start sweating a lot. And if that perspiration doesn’t get away from
your body that’s what causes you to get cold because the water gets cold and
it freezes next to your body. So invest in thermal underwear if you don’t invest
in anything else. The next layer: pants and shirt. Here you don’t want a scarf because it could endanger you and get wrapped up
into things and whatnot. The fourth layer is going to be a fleece jacket, snow pants and maybe another pair of socks – wool socks and mitts. And I have to wear
mitts. Gloves don’t work for me. And as you can see here I have an outer shell
mitt, and then I have an inner mitten that the piece flips over, which works
really well for me. My hands get really cold and I find that gloves don’t work
for me. So this mitt setup work really well. And then maybe a ski jacket underneath an outer shell. The outer layer this shell has to be wind proof and it has to be waterproof.
Because if you’re throwing chains on a truck, you’re going to be under and there’s
going to be crap dripping off onto you. So you want it waterproof. And you want it
wind proof because if the wind is blowing it’s going to cut right through you.
And that again is what’s going to make you cold. So you want to wear an outer shell
that is going to keep you warm. Now some of this unfortunately is going to run
into a fair bit of money for you, but invest in good clothing. Some of this
I’ve accumulated over the years camping and exhibition canoeing, and working outside
and those types of things. You know, good winter boots are going to cost you 200
bucks at least. Thermal coveralls, they’re going to cost you two or three hundred
dollars. So think about those things. Maybe you can pick some of this stuff up
at a secondhand shop. or you can buy it online eBay and Craigslist and those types of things. And then finally if you get really cold and
you’re working in super sub-zero temperatures, you want to get some of
those chemical heat packets and you could put in your boots as well and in
your mitts and gloves and keep your hands and extremities warm. But you
want to have lots of layers on your torso. And again, just to reiterate, lots
of layers because you can take it off, but you can’t put it back on if you don’t
have it. And then finally, don’t try and get warm after you’ve been cold. All that’s going to help you out and keep you warm in sub-zero temperatures.
Ski goggles too. I know that maybe that seems like an expense,
but if the wind’s howling and the snow is blowing and it’s cutting in your face
and it’s sub-zero temperatures – 30 – 40°F, you don’t want any of your skin exposed.
Because you’ll risk getting frostbite and you don’t want to get frostbite. You could potentially end up in the hospital and those types of
things. For the winter driving playlist, click here to subscribe click here. And
remember, pick the best answer not necessarily the right answer.Have a
great day. Bye now.

5 thoughts on “How To Dress To Work in Extreme Winter | Truck & Bus Driving

  1. Such a valuable information. We often overlook the importance of dressing in layers. Good thing you brought it up.. 👍👍

  2. Hello Canadian friend ! Thanks for this warm advice. I often drive into Asturias within the Cantabrian Mountain Range in Spain at this time of the year , transporting goods from Portugal. Love that snow.

  3. Hi ! Sir! In Canada 🇨🇦 is extremely cold. I am only study to control a car when I need to far place from but I don’t like drive a car. I like go on foots or drive a bike than. ..a car.

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