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Title: Winter Driving Safety: A Presentation for Employers, Supervisors and


1
Winter Driving Safety A Presentation for
Employers, Supervisors and Drivers / Workers
2
Driving in winter
  • Background information
  • Vehicle collisions are a leading cause of
    work-related deaths
  • Vehicle collision rates in B.C. significantly
    increase between October and December
  • Winter roads in can be challenging even for
    experienced drivers
  • B.C. winter driving season October 1st - April
    30th

3
Everyone is responsible for safety
  • Motor vehicles are workplaces
  • Make sure you know your health and safety
    responsibilities, including
  • - Employers establish, deliver and maintain an
    OHS program that addresses driving risks
  • - Supervisors instruct drivers in safe work
    procedures
  • - Drivers be safe on the roads follow all laws
    and workplace safety rules report unsafe
    conditions

4
Shift into Winter
  • Prepare your vehicle
  • Make sure it is up to the challenge of winter
    weather
  • Prepare yourself
  • Driving in winter puts you at greater risk of
    being in a crash
  • Drive for the conditions
  • Thinking about it now could save you from
    problems later

5
Prepare your vehicle / company vehicles
  • Install four matched winter tires (look for the
    mountain and snowflake logo)
  • Get a tune-up
  • Install new winter-wiper blades
  • Clear snow from all vehicle surfaces
  • Carry a charged cell phone
  • Keep the gas tank topped up
  • Pack a winter survival kit

6
Prepare your vehicle tire chains
  • Use chains if you do not have winter tires
  • Safely install chains before reaching an
    uphill grade.
  • Look for signage for directions on chains
  • A set of four studded tires can be used
    throughout the winter season

7
Prepare yourself
  • Learn winter driving skills
  • Check road / weather conditions
  • Plan route ahead of time
  • Leave lots of time
  • Be alert, rested and wear comfortable clothing
  • Take someone with you
  • Follow working alone procedures where applicable
  • Dont panic if you get stranded

8
Drive for the conditions
  • Before driving, consider ways in which to
    eliminate/ reduce /manage road risk
  • Determine if winter travel is absolutely
    necessary
  • Explore alternatives to travel (phone, e-mail,
    tele/ video-conferencing, public transportation)

9
Drive for the conditions
  • Drop speed to match conditions
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Watch for black ice
  • Accelerate and brake slowly
  • Know how to handle a skid
  • Dont use cruise control
  • Be cautious around other vehicles

10
Checklist
11
Tip sheets
Three tips sheets are available at worksafebc.com
12
Review
  • Vehicle collisions increase during winter
  • Manage road risk at the workplace
  • Prepare your vehicle (or fleet)
  • Prepare yourself (or your drivers)
  • Take changing conditions into account when
    planning a work trip
  • Slow down and drive for the conditions

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For more information
  • www.worksafebc.com
  • www.drivebc.ca
  • www.weatheroffice.gc.ca
  • www.icbc.com
  • www.tc.gc.ca
  • www.bcaatsf.ca

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