Employers can be held liable if workers or other people get injured in a traffic incident caused by, say, a worker’s poor winter driving skills or a company car that didn’t have snow tires.

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7 Steps to Minimize Winter Driving Traffic Incidents

While it’s a season hazard, the risk of injury and workers compensation claims resulting from traffic accidents involving workers that drive company vehicles ramps up during the winter months. This comprehensive guide aims to reduce employer risk and enhance the safety of driving in winter conditions.

This gameplan provides a strategic approach, combining awareness, preparation, and actions to address the unique challenges posed by winter conditions in your areas. Any organization looking to ensure the safety of their employees who drive in the winter benefits from this expert-backed report, it offers practical insights and ready-to-implement strategies to decrease winter related accidents and incidents.

Three Key Points:

  • Risk Assessment: Understanding the specific winter driving hazards in your region and preparing accordingly.
  • Vehicle Preparation: Ensuring that vehicles are properly equipped and maintained for winter conditions, including tire checks and necessary equipment.
  • Driver Training: Providing drivers with comprehensive training on winter driving techniques and safety protocols.

10 Safe Winter Driving Tips

Driving in winter weather conditions poses certain challenges, including slippery roads, reduced visibility, etc. So, if your workers drive as part of their duties, ensure that they’re prepared to safely navigate the roads this winter.

The RCMP in Nova Scotia prepared these 10 tips for safe driving in the winter. Although they’re intended for drivers in general, they apply to any worker who drives on the job.

Driving Tips:

  • Pre-Trip Preparations: Emphasizes the importance of thoroughly removing snow from all parts of the vehicle to ensure clear visibility and avoid creating hazardous conditions for other drivers.
  • Driving According to Conditions: Advises slowing down on slippery roads and maintaining a safe distance between vehicles, taking into account the increased stopping time and distance required.
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Equipment: Stresses the significance of using winter tires for better traction, keeping the vehicle well-maintained, and having a winter safety kit including essentials like a flashlight, food, water, and emergency contact tools.

Download the report to get the full list and winter driving strategies to prevent winter related incidents and decrease compensation claims this winter season.

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