Driving on roads slick with ice and snow can be deadly. Anyone who drives in a cold climate is at risk of a serious crash related to poor road conditions. One way to help employees stay safe while traveling is to educate them with these tips for safe winter driving:
-Maintain the vehicle. Before the cold sets in, check the battery, tires, lights, antifreeze, and windshield wipers.
-Always keep the windows clean and the washer reservoir full of no-freeze fluid. Having a fairly full gas tank helps prevent gas-line freeze.
-Carry supplies. Bring a phone; flashlight, jumper cables, and basic tools; sand, kitty litter, or other material to help provide traction if the car gets stuck
-Always stay warm. Heated blankets and clothing to stay warm in an emergency.
-Plan the route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if necessary) be familiar with the maps and directions.
-Stay with a stranded or stalled vehicle. Mark the car with something bright on the windows or antenna, and turn on the dome light if it’s dark out
-Occasionally run the engine (just enough to stay warm), but don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space, and keep the exhaust pipe clear.
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