Winter Driving

Winter Driving

HSSEHealth, Safety, Security and Environment. This describes the code, policies and standards that the industry must follow to maintain health and safety on the job and for the environment. BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 597
07 December 2017

Winter Driving

Please see enclosed a bulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. regarding driving in Winter from RoSPA (also available at https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/drivers/winter-driving-tips.pdf )

 

10 TIPS FOR DRIVING IN THE WINTER MONTHS: 

  1. Check your tyre pressure – flat tyres reduce your grip which can be lethal in wet conditions.
  2. Check your tyre tread depth – Xmo policy is to change tyres at 3mm tread depth. Tyres should also be checked for any cuts or bulges.
  3. Don’t speed – breaking the speed limit is illegal and dangerous all of the time, but add bad weather to the mix and you have a potentially deadly cocktail!
  4. Keep well back – in rain, snow or ice, stopping distances will increase dramatically, so slow down and keep well back from the vehicle in front.
  5. Use the appropriate gear – in wet or icy conditions, accelerate slowly and use a high gear to get more traction.
  6. Don’t overtake the gritter or snow plough – they may be moving slowly but they are there to make your journey safer. The road ahead of a gritter or snow plough is likely to be worse than the road behind it. Keep back!
  7. Check the fluids – ensure that windscreen wash is topped up with fluid and antifreeze if necessary. Also, be sure your wiper blades are clean.
  8. Lights, lights, lights – poor weather conditions make it more difficult to see the road and other drivers. Switch on your lights to see, and be seen.
  9. Don’t just rely on sat-navs – your sat-nav may show a gentle bend in the road, but hazards like a bad camber, crest, oncoming vehicle or narrowing road won’t be shown on a sat-nav screen. Slow down and take care.
  10. Check your oil – the last place you want to be on a cold Winter evening is at the side of a busy road with steam billowing from your engine bay. Check your oil level and keep it topped up.
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