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WEBINAR: Expert Tips for Creating a Weather-Proof Winter Safety Plan

As the winter season approaches, road safety becomes a paramount concern – especially for companies managing fleets. The hazards of winter weather can have far-reaching consequences, affecting the safety of drivers and the integrity of vehicles. It’s imperative to proactively address these challenges before the rain, snow and ice set in. Below, we provide a quick recap of the essential information presented in our recent webinar, Expert Tips for Creating a Weather-Proof Winter Safety Plan, offering a sneak peek into the expert tips that both you and your drivers can leverage throughout the winter months and beyond.

The Chilling Reality of Winter Driving Statistics

In the United States, over 5.8 million crashes occur annually, with approximately 21% directly linked to weather conditions. These incidents result in around 5,000 fatalities and more than 418,000 injuries each year. Snow, ice and wet pavement play significant roles in these crashes, with December being one of the most dangerous months to drive due to a combination of factors.

These eye-opening figures emphasize the importance of being prepared to combat winter driving challenges. By understanding the risks, companies can educate their drivers and implement measures to mitigate the impact of winter weather on their fleets.

To dive deeper into the winter safety driving tips listed below, download and watch our webinar on-demand!

7 Essential Winter Safety Tips for Employees

To proactively address these risks, our team recommends that you share the following tips with your drivers:

1. Plan Trips Thoroughly

Check the weather forecast and plan routes accordingly. Consider alternative routes that may be less affected by adverse weather conditions.

2. Inspect Vehicles for Each Trip

Regularly check critical vehicle elements like fuel levels, lights, electrical systems, antifreeze and tire pressure. Ensure tires are properly inflated and inspect them for damage and tread loss.

3. Ensure Vehicles Are Properly Stocked

Prepare a winter weather emergency kit in the vehicle, including warm clothing, blankets, non-perishable food and water, first aid supplies and more.

4. Get Enough Rest

Combat driver burnout by getting proper rest, taking frequent breaks and recognizing the warning signs of drowsy driving.

5. Wear a Seat Belt at All Times

Seat belts are crucial for protection, reducing the impact of winter-related crashes.

6. Learn Proactive Strategies for Driving in Snow

Teach drivers to slow down, maintain proper distances, use gentle pressure on gas and brakes, be strategic on hills, drive defensively, avoid distractions and keep their fuel tanks full.

7. Know How to Handle Emergency Situations

In emergency situations, drivers should stay with their vehicles, avoid overexertion, be visible to rescuers, ensure exhaust pipes are cleared, stay warm and conserve fuel wisely.

**Special Considerations for Delivery Drivers & Warehouse Workers**

Delivery drivers and warehouse workers face unique challenges during the winter. Our experts discuss a handful of specific guidelines they should follow to stay safe and minimize risks associated with their jobs.

7 Steps to Establish a Comprehensive Winter Safety Plan

Our safety experts then focus on the steps your company can take to protect your team, brand and bottom line throughout the winter season and beyond:

1. Provide Ongoing, Proactive Training

Empower drivers with knowledge through ongoing training covering winter driver safety, night-time driving, defensive driving and more. Offer behind-the-wheel training for honing essential skills.

2. Implement Special Measures for Commercial Drivers

Commercial drivers should receive specialized training to handle larger vehicles and liftgate safety during winter.

3. Share Frequent Safety Messages

Regularly communicate safety messages to drivers to keep them informed and showcase your commitment to their well-being.

4. Enforce a Winter Safety Policy

Establish and enforce a robust winter safety policy covering driver vigilance, pre-trip checks, emergency supplies, route planning and vehicle maintenance.

5. Perform Proactive Winter Vehicle Maintenance

Ensure vehicles are ready for safe winter operation by equipping them with appropriate tires and regularly checking critical components.

6. Monitor and Address Poor Driving Behavior

Utilize telematics and continuous motor vehicle record (MVR) monitoring to identify and rectify unsafe winter driving habits.

7. Enhance Fleet Protection with Vehicle Cameras

Incorporate vehicle cameras to provide evidence in the event of crashes and encourage responsible driving behaviors.

Watch Our Winter Safety Driving Webinar On-Demand

The winter season presents challenges, but with the right knowledge and proactive measures, you can keep your fleet safe. For more in-depth insights, practical tips and expert guidance on the strategies above, watch the full recorded version of our webinar by visiting the link below!winter driving safety webinar

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