Driver Safety and Extreme Weather Conditions

Driver Safety and Extreme Weather Conditions

  • Date: Thursday 17th January 2013
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A timely reminder regarding Driver Safety and Extreme Weather Conditions.

With the Met Office forecasting heavy snowfall from tomorrow in various parts of the Southwest,  SSG are reminding companies of the dangers posed by extreme weather conditions and in particular, the challenges facing those involved in work related driving.

Firstly, it is advisable that local employers have systems in place to carry out risk assessments in order to ensure employees are not making unnecessary road journeys.  Top tips from SSG relating to driving in icy or snow weather related conditions include; ensuring all windows are thoroughly de-iced before a journey, travelling slowly around corners and steering gently and carefully to avoid skidding.  Furthermore, it is critical that your tyres are in good condition.
As conditions can change suddenly at this time of year, ensure your vehicle has a number of essentials, such as; ice-scraper and de-icer, clothes, high-visibility vest, warning triangle, mobile phone - for use when parked only, torch and map, blanket, warm clothes and boots, food and drink, first-aid kit and a spade. (Top Tips sheet attached)

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