With colder temps and winter upon us, the Midwest can see slippery road conditions. We at KC Restoration hope everyone stays safe on the roads this winter. Here are some tips to help keep your team safe:
- Recognize the hazards of winter weather driving such as driving on snow and/or ice covered roads
- Are properly trained for driving in winter weather conditions
- Are licensed (as applicable) for the vehicles they operate
Employers and supervisors should set and enforce driver safety policies. An effective maintenance program for all vehicles and mechanized equipment that workers are required to operate should also be implemented. Crashes can be avoided. Properly trained workers should be required to inspect the following vehicle systems to determine if they are operating properly:
- Brakes: Brakes should provide even and balanced braking. Also make sure the brake fluid is at the proper level.
- Cooling System: Ensure the mixture of antifreeze and water is at the correct 50/50 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 signs of damage or uneven wear. Check for proper tire inflation.
- Oil: Check that oil is at the proper level.
- Visibility Systems: Inspect all exterior lights, defrosters (windshield and rear window), and wipers. Install winter windshield wipers.
An emergency kit with the following items is recommended to have at all times in vehicles:
- Cellphone or two-way radio
- Windshield ice scraper
- Snow brush
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Tow chain
- Traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter)
- Emergency flares
- Jumper cables
- Road maps
- Blankets, change of clothes
For more information, contact KCR today or visit OSHA’s Safe Winter Driving page.