With the ‘Beast from the East’ causing temperatures to severely drop it’s more important than ever to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about. The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings after announcing the UK could be hit with its coldest spell in 27 years in the next few days.
Snowy conditions can make driving a real challenge for motorists and can even lead to an accident. It is crucial to prepare yourself adequately before embarking on a journey in the snow.
It’s worth knowing how to prepare yourself and your car, while also considering different ways to approach your driving when faced with adverse conditions.
Winter driving really is a tricky business. Better roads, better cars and better tires won’t take the place of careful driving practices.
Here are a few top tips to help make your journey safer and help beat the ‘Beast from the East’:
Give yourself plenty of extra time for getting to your destination.
Take the time to clear your windows of snow and ice before starting out – also clear any snow off the roof in case it becomes loose when you’re driving.
Even though you can see clearly, drive with low-beam headlights.
Cold and damp roads can dramatically affect the performance of tyres – check your tyre tread before starting out.
If you go into a skid, act quickly by taking your foot off the accelerator. Keep your foot off the brake and steer in the direction you want the car to go in.
Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow and ice.
Watch out for Black Ice
If the road looks polished or glossy it could be ‘Black Ice’ one of winter’s worst hazards! Watch out for black ice, especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads.
Walking in Ice or Snow
When walking on snow or ice, use short steps and keep your hands out of your pockets. These factors will help you maintain your balance.
Stay at home
The best thing to do in really bad weather is to stay off the road.
Winter weather can really make conditions hazardous. If you are unprepared, you could be in a life-threatening situation.
Safety Media’s 40-minute interactive Winter Weather course will prepare you for your journey to work, especially now that the ‘Beast from the East’ has arrived.
At the end of the Winter Weather course trainees will be able to identify the following:
» Identify the key considerations when deciding whether your journey is essential
» Prepare adequately for your journey to work
» Reduce the risks of slips and falls
» Take appropriate action to maintain safety when working outside
» Recognise the signs of overexposure in cold condition.
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