Winter driving provides additional challenges which can led to dangerous consequences if care isn’t taken. We can’t defy the laws of physics – it just takes a lot longer to stop on snow and even, on treated roads. It is often the rear-end shunt that is the most common cause of a collision.

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get as many people as possible in the traffic or transport office and other departments to include these safety messages when in conversation with a driver:

  • Stopping distances are up to 10 times longer on slippery roads
  • Creating bigger gaps in front of you gives you the extra space to manoeuvre and stop
  • Slowing down gives you a better chance of not being having a rear end shunt collision
  • Drive smoothly – no harsh breaking or harsh acceleration. Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving on ice and snow

Tell your drivers the aim is to get there safely not quickly, it’s a fact that it will take longer.

Ensure drivers are doing daily driver defect checks and that maintenance is up to date, including:

  • Tyres in good condition with more than minimum tyre tread
  • Correct coolant levels
  • Windscreen wash has antifreeze and wipers in good order

Make it your policy that all of your drivers are aware of the risks associated with winter driving.

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Source:

https://www.theaa.com/breakdown-cover/advice/stopping-distances