Winter driving brings additional hazards

Checks to remember

This Road Safety Week (15-21 Nov 2021) National Grid encourages all its employees and contractors to get prepared for winter driving by reminding themselves of the behaviours and precautions that will help keep you and those around you safe.

“Many of us will have driven significantly fewer miles this year and even less last winter due to national restrictions,” says SHESQ Manager, Russell Hancock. “So take a few moments just to familiarise yourself with your vehicle and tips for driving in winter on our roads, which are becoming busy once again.”

What are the dangers and what steps can be taken?

Weather conditions: High winds, low temperatures and wet/icy weather are challenging conditions

  • Only travel if you have to, check the forecasts, allow additional time for journeys.
  • Pre journey checks: tyres, washer bottle, oil, anti-freeze, lights, wipers
  • Pack appropriate clothing including extra layers and an emergency kit.
  • Slow down and increase your distance to the vehicles in front, use fog lights sparingly, switch them on only when visibility is less than 100m.
  • Beware of wet leaves and mud on the road surface

Ground conditions underfoot: increased risks of slip, trips and falls

  • Wear appropriate footwear with adequate grip.
  • When exiting a vehicle or even disembarking a bike, test the surface and if slippery, consider disembarking somewhere else or take extra care.

Lack of visibility: Increased periods of darkness and low sun in the early morning and early evening can reduce visibility

  • Ensure your windscreen is clear, and free from grime or glare that could cause the low sun to further obscure your vision.
  • Make sure your lights are working and your windscreen wipers are effective
  • Remove all ice/snow and wait for mist to clear before setting off