Winter driving can be hazardous for anyone: Snow, wind and ice can all cause unsafe driving conditions.
These concerns are universal, but some of us are fortunate enough to avoid driving in poor conditions. That isn’t always the case for employees who drive for work. Below, we’ve outlined a few safe driving practices that OSHA recommends.
Know how to drive in bad conditions
The first step to being an employee who drives safely is being a well-trained employee. Knowing how to handle your vehicle and its specific safety measures can make all the difference, particularly in cold temperatures. It is also important to know basic driving techniques for winter conditions.
Keep vehicles well-maintained
You want all the components of your vehicle working in the winter. The most important in terms of winter driving include:
- Tire tread: Tires that are worn down will give you worse traction, making it harder to stop and avoid skids.
- Battery: Check your battery to ensure it has enough power for cold temperatures.
- Windshield wipers: Properly functioning wipers help keep your windows clear. Also be sure to have no-freeze fluid to wash the windows.
Have a safety kit in your car for emergencies. In addition to food and water, some safety items to include are:
- Jumper cables
- Sand or an abrasive material for if you get stuck in snow
- Ice scraper
These are just a few of the safety measures to consider during the winter months. Just remember, the first step to avoiding an accident in the winter is being prepared for the elements.