Written by Judy Savinkoff, Safety Consultant, Workplace Health-Safety & Prevention

The Workplace Health, Safety & Prevention team share cold weather driving tips to keep you safe on the roads this winter. Make sure you and your car are up for the challenge.

Many of us use our cars daily doing business for Fraser Health. Whether you’re travelling to a client’s home or business or driving from site to site for meetings, it’s important to stay safe on the road (during and outside of work hours) and to use extra caution during the cold weather season.

Follow these tips to make sure you and your vehicle are up to the challenge.

Before you go

  • If the weather is bad, decide if the trip can be delayed.

If you must go

  • Visit DriveBC.ca for current road conditions.
  • Download the Winter Driving Survival Checklist. Ensure your workday remains safe.
  • Give yourself extra time. Adjust your work schedule, if possible, so you’re not rushing.
  • Drop your speed. The posted speed limit is for ideal road conditions. In winter, slow it down - no matter how skilled you are as a driver.
  • Follow at a safe distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Leave at least four seconds between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Watch for black ice. Shaded areas, bridges, and overpasses freeze sooner than other areas – even in sunshine. Slow down. Don’t be fooled. Black ice is invisible.
  • Avoid sudden acceleration, braking, and turning. Do everything gently and gradually to avoid spinning your tires or vehicle.
  • Know how to handle a skid. If you begin to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go.
  • If you’re stuck or stranded. Stay with your vehicle for warmth and safety. Call for roadside assistance if needed. If it’s an emergency, call 911.

For more Information, visit shiftintowinter.ca

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