Winter Driving: Safeguarding Your Workers on Snowy, Sleety Roads
Winter driving affects every employee in your organization. Whether you manage a fleet of vehicles, oversee a mobile sales force, or employ delivery drivers or commuters, you can greatly reduce the risks your employees and their families face by helping them learn and use best practices for driving during the winter months ahead. For information about driving safely during the winter, visit OSHA’s Safe Winter Driving page.
Ensure Vehicle Systems are Working Properly
- Scheduled Maintenance: Schedule service for an oil change, coolant flush and brake inspection based on the mileage and manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. Address any maintenance issues with the vehicle’s battery, electrical system, hoses and belts.
- Fluids: Check to ensure proper oil, coolant, transmission and other fluid levels.
- Tires: Check for proper tread depth and for signs of damage or uneven wear. Ensure tires are properly inflated.
- Visibility Systems: Inspect turn signals, headlights and brake lights; defrosters (windshield and rear window); and wipers. Install winter windshield wipers.
For more detailed inspection checklists, visit the Colorado Department of Transportation pre- and post-trip vehicle safety checklist and Pinnacol’s personal and non-CDL vehicle inspection checklist.
- Cellphone or two-way radio
- Windshield ice scraper
- Extra windshield wiper fluid
- Snow brush
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Traction aids (bag of sand or granular cat litter)
- Emergency flares
- Jumper cables
- Road maps
- Blankets, change of warm clothes
For more information on preventing slips, trips and falls during the coming winter months, as well as sample lists and worksite posters, visit the Resources web page at Pinnacol.com. Additional resources are available on the website pages of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Safety Council. Or call Pinnacol’s Safety On Call hotline at 303-361-4700 or 888-501-4752. Our safety services team stands ready to answer questions and help keep your workforce safe behind the wheel this winter.
REMINDER: All companies must complete at least two Pinnacol approved safety trainings per policy period to maintain our 4% credit. If you have any questions about how to do those trainings or if you still need to do them please contact your agent.