Winter driving brings additional hazards

Checks to remember

During this year's Road Safety Week, 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 themselves and those around them 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 to familiarise yourself with your vehicle and any tips for driving in winter on our roads, which are becoming busy once again.”

Here we look at some of the dangers and steps that 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 and allow additional time for journeys.

  • Pre-journey checks: tyres, washer bottle, oil, anti-freeze, lights and 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

  • Make sure your windscreen is clear and free from grime or glare, which 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.