- February 3, 2019
- Posted by: Sage Shield Safety Consultants
- Category: Overseas Occupational Health And Safety News
Winter season is here, and snow is forecast for much of the country today. A common phrase often uttered by meteorologists at the time of year is “Only travel if your journey is vital.” The issue is that ‘essential’ implies various things to various people. Could your journey be held off? Exists another method of getting there? Can a phone call or email fix the problem?
If you have actually weighed whatever up and decided that ‘yes’ you do need to make the journey then it’s essential to be totally prepared before you triggered. In our last blog site we discussed what you need to load, however this time we’re going to take a look at what you need to do to be completely prepared for your journey:
As frustrating as it might be, you really need to turn off your music, podcasts and audiobooks, and listen to a regional radio station. Sitting through Ed Sheeran and Little Mix may not be your perfect driving experience, but the regular traffic updates are necessary listening. Conditions can change regularly so the 8am update might be considerably various from the 7:30 am update.
Before setting off, make certain someone understands where you are going and when you need to be showing up. Preferably someone at your destination, that method they can attempt and call you or raise the alarm if you are late and get into troubles.
What if your preferred path is obstructed or there’s an enormous gridlock? Always attempt to have an alternative route mapped out. If you’re a satnav user, ensure you know an alternative postal code or landmark to go for.
The majority of us wait until the petrol gauge is under a quarter prior to trying to find a garage. But when there’s snow and ice around it’s sensible to guarantee your gauge is well above 50% at all times. You do not know where you may get stuck and have no method of getting to a fuel station.
Guarantee you have a totally charged cellphone, that way you can call for aid or alert someone if you’re delayed or have an accident. Strolling to a phone, could be a prolonged and precarious job. Naturally, remember to pullover securely and shut off your engine prior to making that call.
Hopefully it goes without stating that you require to clear your windows and mirrors of snow and ice prior to setting off. But ensure your heater is not only on, but it’s draining warm air prior to you start your journey. Some cars can take a long period of time to produce warm air, so turn your engine on prior to you begin the de-icing process.
Are you feeling ok? Winter season is prime-time television for colds and other health problems. If you feel ill and you think it may negatively affect your driving, don’t risk it!