Winter weather often brings hazardous driving conditions. If employees drive for your company in any capacity, now is the time to make sure that all proper safety precautions have been made in the event that they should become sidelined by weather. These checklists can help you and your employees stay safe during personal winter travelling as well. Use common sense and preventive measures before having employees drive on company time; check weather reports so that employees are not sent into dangerous conditions.
- Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to possible help, and are certain you will improve your situation.
- To attract attention, light two flares if available and place one at each end of the car a safe distance away. Hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna.
- If you are sure the car's exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank.
- Use blankets to keep warm and to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia.
- Keep at least one window open slightly. Heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut.
- Eat a hard candy to keep your mouth moist.