Snow, ice, slush, and wet roads aren’t the only concerns when it comes to wintertime driving. In many parts of the state and country, your drivers are also encountering fog and heavy rain.
Preventive measures and a little bit of preparation can help them safely arrive at their destinations and back, no matter how unpredictable the weather is outside.
What your drivers need to know about winter weather conditions
If your drivers must drive in any type of wintery conditions, they should know how to react in the following scenarios:
- Whenever a car loses traction and starts to slide, it is usually best to turn the front wheels into the slide. In other words, if the rear of the car starts sliding to the left gently turn the steering wheel to the left and gently tap on the brakes to slow the vehicle.
- If driving on slippery roads, never jerk the steering wheel or slam on the brakes.
- If driving in low visibility conditions, such as fog, drive slow and use you low beams, increase your following distance, and consider pulling off the road and waiting for visibility to improve.
What your drivers should do to prepare for these conditions
- Always carry tire chains. Make sure they are the correct size for the vehicle.
- Carry sand for traction – always keep some in the vehicle. Floor mats may be used as an expedient measure as well.
- Make sure the vehicle is in proper working order.
- Have a charged cell phone, in case the driver gets stranded.
- Make sure the vehicle has a full tank of gas, and don’t wait to fill it back up when on long trips.
What to cover at your safety meeting
Since winter weather can be so unpredictable, make sure your drivers are prepared for anything. This includes:
- How to properly install tire chains.
- How to check the windshield wipers, headlights, taillights, and brake lights to make sure all are in working condition.
- How to check the tire pressure and tread to ensure both are in good condition.
- If not in good condition, arrange to have repairs done before the vehicle is used again.
- How to check the oil and antifreeze level to make sure there’s enough for the trip ahead.
- Before your drivers get into their vehicles this winter, have them take a few extra minutes to check the Three P’s of Safe Winter Driving.
Remind your drivers to keep their cell phones charged and provide the following for each vehicle in the event someone is stranded:
- Emergency blankets and jackets.
- Tools and repair equipment.
- Emergency items such as flashlights, batteries, signal flares, and fire extinguishers.
- High-visibility reflective vest for use when outside the vehicle.
By following just a few preventive vehicle safety measures and taking extra caution behind the wheel, you’re workers are more likely to make it home safe during the winter months.
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The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for medical advice or legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.
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