By: Accident Fund
Slushy, snowy weather doesn't make for ideal driving situations. Employees traveling on business can find themselves facing precarious road/surface conditions while commuting and when they reach their destination. Blowing snow or passing vehicles can cause whiteout conditions temporarily blinding motorists. For some, driving in winter conditions can be a downright stressful experience.
Remember these tips for safe driving during these conditions:
-Leave plenty of room.
-Keep your speed low and plan for extra time commuting.
-Have your headlights on low beam.
-Maintain quality windshield wipers and adequate wiper fluid.
-Stay in the lane that has been cleared most recently.
-Avoid abrupt actions.
-Steer and brake gently.
-Consider passing only if absolutely necessary.
-Always wear your seat belt!
And when you reach your destination:
-Look for parking spots in snow-cleared areas away from drains, curbs, and snowbanks.
-Find a well-lit area to park.
-Do not sore items on the floor (purses or bags with long handles can cause tripping hazards).
-Sprinkle salt/sand mixture on slick spots using a portable shaker bottle.
When exiting your vehicle:
-Turn entire body toward open vehicle door.
-Place both feet on the ground to test the surface.
-Always keep one hand on a steady surface such as the car door while standing up.
-Don't carry too much, try to keep load(s) balanced.
While weather conditions that increase the slipperiness of outdoor surfaces can't be controlled, slips and falls can be avoided or reduced through careful attention to and maintenance of sidewalks, curbs, and parking lots.
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