Winter Weather Driving Safety

If your work involves driving in winter you need to take steps to ensure safety before hitting the road. OSHA recommends that a trained worker inspect the following to ensure that these systems are working properly for cold-weather driving.

    •    Brakes: Brakes should provide even and balanced braking. Also check that brake fluid is at the proper level.
    •    Cooling System: Ensure a proper mixture of 50/50 antifreeze and water in the cooling system at the proper level.
    •    Electrical System: Check the ignition system and make sure that the battery is fully charged and that the connections are clean. Check that the alternator belt is in good condition with proper tension.
    •    Engine: Inspect all engine systems.
    •    Exhaust System: Check exhaust for leaks and that all clamps and hangers are snug.
    •    Tires: Check for proper tread depth and no signs of damage or uneven wear. Check for proper tire inflation.
    •    Oil: Check that oil is at proper level.
    •    Visibility Systems: Inspect all exterior lights, defrosters (windshield and rear window), and wipers. Install winter windshield wipers.

In addition, an emergency kit with the following items is recommended:

    •    Cellphone or two-way radio
    •    Windshield ice scraper
    •    Snow brush
    •    Flashlight with extra batteries
    •    Shovel
    •    Tow chain
    •    Traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter)
    •    Emergency flares
    •    Jumper cables
    •    Snacks
    •    Water
    •    Road maps
    •    Blankets, change of clothes