Safe Winter Driving


Cars driving on snow road

The northeast portion of the country has been experiencing unseasonable warm temperatures.  However, old man winter will rear his ugly head at some point and make hazardous driving conditions due to snow and ice. Therefore, we at ivalueSafety.com want to share OSHA’s Three P’s for preparation of Safe Winter Driving:

The Three P’s of Safe Winter Driving:

1) PREPARE for the trip;   2) PROTECT yourself; and   3) PREVENT crashes on the road.

1) PREPARE

Maintain Your Car: Check battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers, keep your windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, and check your antifreeze.

Have On Hand: flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.

Stopped or Stalled? Stay with your car, don’t over exert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.

Plan Your Route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if necessary), be familiar with the maps/ directions, and let others know your route and arrival time.

Practice Cold Weather Driving!

  • During daylight, rehearse maneuver slowly on the ice or snow in an empty lot
  • Steer into a skid
  • Know what your brakes will do: stomp on anti-lock brakes, pump non-anti-lock brakes
  • Stopping distances are longer on water covered ice.
  • Don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space

2) PROTECT YOURSELF

  • Buckle up and use child safety seats properly
  • Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag
  • Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat

3) PREVENT CRASHES

  • Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving
  • Slow down and increase distances between cars
  • Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road
  • Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours, and rotate drivers if possible
  • If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver

You can obtain additional information by clicking OSHA.

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