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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - winter driving

This briefing provides essential key points and control measures needed to ensure that the risks associated with winter driving are managed effectively.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Winter Driving is to make sure that staff are aware that the number of vehicle accidents increases during the winter and all drivers should be prepared for wintry conditions.

Control measures

The briefing includes a list of measures which workers must take, including maintaining vehicles, following weather warnings and driving according to the conditions.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Failure to have a correctly maintained vehicle can lead to accidents.
  • Before starting off drivers should check all lights are working (including brake and indicator lights), fuel level is sufficient for the journey, water levels (in both the radiator and washer bottles) are satisfactory, tyres are in good condition and correctly inflated (including the spare wheel) and good visibility is available through all windows.
  • Ignoring weather (such as heavy fog or snow) and icy road conditions can lead to accidents.
  • Drivers should be prepared to cancel or to rearrange their journey in extreme weather conditions and discuss this with their manager.