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Safe Winter Driving

1.19.2021

Driving in winter conditions can present serious hazards for drivers.  Are you and your vehicle ready?

Follow company safety policies/safe-work procedures:

Watch for "Black Ice".  Don't be fooled, black ice is invisible. Shaded areas, bridges and overpasses freeze sooner than other areas, even in the sunshine.

SLOW. IT. DOWN.  Drop your speed and allow for more stopping distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles (at least 4 seconds).

Know how to handle a skid.  Ease off the brake or accelerator. As the vehicle regains traction, steer smoothly in the direction you want to go.

Avoid sudden moves.  Start slowly and accelerate gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels. Never brake suddenly and plan well in advance. Apply the brakes gently and slowly add pressure.

Be visible.  Snow impairs visibility. Drivers need to see and be seen in low-light conditions. Always drive with your headlights on.

Visit the Risk Management Educational Resources on our website to learn more.  Members of the ATA Comp Fund have access to many training tools, including winter driving-specific online training.  If you are not taking advantage of these resources, contact your Risk Manager today!

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