Safety Tips for Extreme Driving Conditions: Rain, Fog and Winter Weather
The weather can be unpredictable and create extremely hazardous conditions on the road. These extreme conditions make driving dangerous and require special safety precautions. Driver safety is important to Mumby, so whether employees drive on company time or simply during their commute, have employees observe these safety tips when driving becomes difficult.
Rain, Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
Remind drivers to take the following precautions:
- Turn on headlights, wipers and defroster to increase visibility.
- Drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead and reduce speed.
- Allow increased space between the vehicle and others, and leave extra time to stop.
- If the car begins to hydroplane, hold the steering wheel straight and remove foot from the gas pedal.
- If caught in a thunderstorm, pull off the road in an open area and away from trees (to avoid a lightning strike).
- If driving in a tornado, get out of the vehicle and find shelter. If there is not a building nearby, lie in a ditch and place arms over your head.
When faced with winter weather, drivers should take the following precautions:
- Always remove ice and snow from windows, hood and headlights before departing.
- Drive with extreme caution and at slow speeds. They will need 3 to 12 times the amount of stopping distance than they need without precipitation.
- If possible, avoid bridges and overpasses since they freeze first.
- Do not brake quickly as the car may spin out of control.
- If stuck, straighten wheels and accelerate at a slow pace.
- Slow down before reaching a patch of fog.
- Use only low beams or fog lights, and put on defroster and windshield wipers to increase visibility.
- If the fog is extremely thick, roll down all of your windows to hear other vehicles nearby.
- If the road’s edge is not visible, pull off on the right and put on emergency flashers. Do not start driving again until the road’s edge is visible.