Winter Driving Safety Precautions
21 December 2021
A variety of winter weather conditions—including snow, slush, ice and sleet—can create hazards on the road.
When roads are wet or slippery, risks for both drivers and pedestrians become far greater. As such, employees who must get behind the wheel during winter—whether it’s to make a delivery, transport materials or travel to a worksite—should take additional precautions to stay safe. If you find yourself driving in adverse conditions on the job this winter, be sure to uphold these safety measures:
• Allow yourself additional time to get to your destination.
• Slow down ahead of turns and curves, as this will allow you to prepare for potential icy spots.
• Accelerate slowly and steer steadily when at a curve. Do not change directions abruptly and refrain from
• Be prepared for lane changes. Check your rear-view mirror and blind spot, and then signal your direction
to alert other motorists.
• Move over in a long, gradual line with minimal steering changes when changing lanes.
• Look out for ice patches and spots where snow has accumulated. These areas are skidding hazards.
• Anticipate stops by slowing down gradually well ahead of intersections. These areas are generally
slicker than other parts of the road because of the excess starting and stopping traffic.
• Drive at reduced speeds. Slow your speed and increase your following distance behind the vehicle
in front of you. This will allow for a larger buffer in case you start to lose control.
• Avoid overpowering your vehicle in deep snow.
• Use a light foot on the accelerator rather than slamming on the pedal to move forward.
If you have any further questions about winter driving safety, contact us.