Driving Safely in Winter Weather

winter driving

During the winter season, drivers should be aware of different conditions on the road. Due to shorter days, drivers spend more time driving in the dark and in low- visibility conditions. Roads can be slick and other seasonal elements can threaten vehicle safety.

Assure employees are prepared for driving in inclement weather conditions by communicating the following:

Give yourself adequate time to reach your destination. Allow for an extra 5 – 10 minutes (or even more time) to account for poor weather and road conditions.

Leave plenty of space for other vehicles. Increase your following distance to compensate for reduced reaction times and longer braking distances.

Increase your visibility to others. Use your headlights to assure your vehicle is visible to other drivers.

Keep your vehicle properly maintained. Assure that vehicle components such as the battery, tires, brakes, lights, wipers, and fluid levels are in adequate condition before starting to drive.

Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle at all times. Make sure that your vehicle contains extra blankets, tire chains, emergency signals or flares, water, and nutritious dried or canned food.

Know who to contact in the event of an accident or breakdown.

Keep your phone charged. Help ensure that you will be able contact emergency services.

Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers a series of Driver Safety online training courses on topics of: defensive driving, distracted driving, and general driver preparedness for non-commercial drivers. Toolbox talk resources are offered on a variety of topics such as: vehicle maintenance, winter driving, winter preparation, and more. There is also a safety video available in both English and Spanish on Winter Safety.