Miscellaneous- driving for work - Tips for a safer winter behind the wheel
Bad weather and shorter, darker days in winter pose a danger, with the period between 3pm and 6pm being particularly hazardous, as more people are travelling on the roads, on the way home from work, or school.
To make sure you stay safe on the roads this winter, fleet risk-management solutions provider, Interactive Driving Systems, offers the following advice:
- Before you drive – keep yourself and your vehicle in good technical repair to reduce your overall chances of any mishap or disaster while driving in winter weather; prepare your vehicle for winter driving by giving it a complete check-up, and keep your fuel tank near to full to ensure that you do not run out; make sure your tyres are in good order by checking them weekly, or when refuelling; carry an emergency kit for your car in case you get stranded in adverse weather; listen to weather forecasts and, if the weather and visibility are hazardous, ask yourself ‘is this trip really necessary?'
- On the road – drive according to current road and weather conditions, making sure that all windows and mirrors are clear and that wipers and defrosters are in good working condition; and drive slowly with low-beam headlights on if visibility is poor, test your brakes frequently, leave a bigger gap and never tailgate.
- If the worst happens – if you get stranded, don't panic. Keep yourself safe, and follow the detailed procedures in your driver's handbook if you are in a work vehicle; in your own vehicle you should contact the appropriate support organisation and follow their guidance.
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