Keeping Volunteers Safe on Wintery Roads
Throughout the winter, weather is an unpredictable mystery that can create extremely hazardous conditions on the road. These extreme conditions make driving dangerous and require special safety precautions.
If your organization depends on volunteers driving to complete a job, it’s important to take precautionary measures to mitigate your risk. As an organization, you shouldn’t put any of your volunteers’ lives at risk. We’ve broken down safety tips for the weather season and beginning of spring. Share these precautions with your volunteers:
- Always remove any ice and snow from your vehicle before departing. (This includes windows, hoods and even your headlights.)
- At all costs, avoid bridges and overpasses since they tend to freeze first.
- Don’t brake quickly because you may start spinning uncontrollably.
- If you find yourself stuck, straighten your wheels and accelerate at a slow pace.
Rain, Thunderstorms and Tornadoes:
- Turn your headlights, wipers and defroster on to increase visibility.
- Drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you and reduce your speed.
- Increase space between your vehicle and others.
- If you feel yourself begin to hydroplane, hold the steering wheel straight and remove your foot from the gas pedal.
- If caught in the middle of a thunderstorm, be sure to find a space in an open area to avoid a lightning strike.
- If you are driving in tornadic conditions, find shelter immediately. If there isn’t a building nearby, find a ditch and place your arms above your head.
- Slow down before you reach a patch of fog right in front of you.
- Only use your low beams or fog lights and utilize your defroster and windshield wipers to increase visibility.
- If the fog is too thick, roll down your windows so you’re able to hear other vehicle around you.
- Pull over to the right and turn on your emergency flashers. Wait until you can see again to start driving.
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