Driving in winter

Driving in winterWinter is Mother Nature’s Ultimate Road Test. Whether you drive for work full time, or as part of your job, it’s important that you and your vehicle are up to the challenge. Remember, when you’re behind the wheel, driving is your only job. Here are a few easy tips to ensure your workday remains safe:

  • Give yourself extra time. Adjust your work schedule, if possible, so you’re not rushing.
  • Drop your speed. The posted speed limit is for ideal road conditions. In winter, slow it down – no matter how skilled you are as a driver.
  • Follow at a safe distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Leave at least four seconds between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Watch for black ice. Shaded areas, bridges, and overpasses freeze sooner than other areas – even in sunshine. Slow down. Don’t be fooled. Black ice is invisible.
  • Avoid sudden acceleration, braking, and turning. Do everything gently and gradually to avoid spinning your tires or vehicle.
  • Know how to handle a skid. If you begin to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go.
  • Follow the company’s safety policies and safe work procedures. Help out your co-workers by reporting hazards such as poor weather, vehicle, or road conditions to your supervisor.
  • If you’re stuck or stranded, follow the company’s procedures. Stay with your vehicle for warmth and safety. Call for roadside assistance if needed. If it’s an emergency, call 911.

Have an emergency plan and carry a Winter Survival Kit in your vehicle. You’ll find details at Shift into Winter.

Know before you go.

Before heading out in challenging conditions decide if the trip can be delayed.

If you must go:

  • Visit Shift into Winter for tips on ways to prepare yourself, your vehicle, and how to drive safely on winter roads.

Whether you’re driving for work or pleasure, the above tips will increase your winter driving safety. Feel free to forward them to friends and family.