More than 70% of the nation's roads sit in regions that see over 5 inches of snowfall each year. That means there's a good chance you'll encounter slippery and downright dangerous driving conditions over the next three months.

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Winter weather and the harsh driving conditions that come with it can be hard on trucks and difficult for drivers, but proper maintenance and the latest safety technology can help keep equipment and those on the road safe.

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As temperatures drop, states douse roads in chemicals to melt snow and ice. While the chemicals are necessary to improve safety and keep roads clear, they can ruin equipment.

“In the Northeast and Upper Midwest, it is very common to use two very corrosive chemicals, magnesium and calcium chloride,” said Mike Hasinec, vice president of maintenance for Penske Truck Leasing. “Although they are very effective, they are very detrimental to equipment because of their corrosive nature.”

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