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Winter Check List

October 18, 2007

As the winter season draws ever closer we should all be thinking about the extra hazards associated with this time of year. Poorer lighting conditions and wetter dirtier roads coupled with colder conditions should be taken into account. Set out below are some bullet points for your fleet drivers to check, the list is not exhaustive and should be used a starting point for basic checks.

MAC are able to come and brief your company in order to disseminate fully the safety implications of winter driving. Contact us for more details.

Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound and serviced and that the following are checked:

  • Battery
  • Tyres
  • Lights (servicable and clean)
  • Wipers functioning correctly
  • Anti-freeze levels
  • Number plates clean
  • Washer fluid levels

Ensure that the following are carried in the vehicle:

  • Ice scraper
  • Jump leads
  • Spare anti-freeze
  • Spare washer fluid
  • Warm clothing
  • Means of communication
  • Details of your breakdown cover

Plan your journey and think about the following:

  • Weather forcast (watch for changing conditions)
  • Is the journey essential

Driving: SLOW DOWN!

  • Drive to suit the conditions
  • Remember it will take you longer to brake in poor conditions
  • Be aware of salt spreaders and snow ploughs – do not overtake unless it is safe to do so
  • Be aware that black ice and fog may prevail
  • Watch for winter sun (morning and evening)
  • Do not set off on your journey until all your windows and mirrors are clear of ice, snow or condensation, and you can see perfectly well from all angles
  • Let collegues know about your journey / route and what time you expect to arrive at your destination
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