With a bit of preparation and a mix of technology and training, fleet managers can help ensure the safety of their drivers and trucks before inclement weather arrives. Check out the gallery to see some quick winterization steps.
With the winter season right around the corner, now is the time to start preparing equipment as well as drivers for the risks posed by rain, sleet, snow, fog, and wind. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, 21% of vehicle crashes—about 1.2 million—happen in bad weather.
While a vast majority of weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall—70% on wet pavement and 46% while it’s raining—a smaller percentage of weather-related crashes occur in winter conditions: 18% during snow or sleet, 13% on icy pavement, and 16% on snowy or slushy pavement.
When it comes to snowier climates, Fred Fakkema, VP of safety and compliance at Zonar Systems, suggested that drivers need to pack more provisions before heading out such as heavier blankets or outerwear, thick gloves and socks, a portable ruggedized heater, and a foldable shovel.
“In rainy or heavily wooded areas, drivers may need more bright lights, waterproof clothing, sleeping bags, and rainboots,” Fakkema said. “No matter what, all safety kits should include bottled water and nonperishable food, flashlights, batteries, and tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, and a box knife.”
With a little bit of preparation and a strategic mix of technology and training, fleet managers can help ensure the safety of their fleets before inclement weather arrives. Check out the gallery to see quick steps that can be taken to prepare for winter.