Weekly Tool Box Talks
TOOLBOX TALK week 14, 08/06/18
Extreme weather and poor light can make driving dangerous in the winter months. Road accidents are extremely common in winter. Drivers must therefore concentrate, be patient and adjust the way that they drive.
Minimise your risk of an accident:
• Slow down at the first hint that the road is slick as to avoid aquaplaning (skidding). Most skids can be avoided by simply adjusting to the road and weather conditions.
• Skidding is more likely to occur on curves and turns. Slow down ahead of time, steer steadily with no abrupt change in directions and no abrupt braking.
• Be prepared for lane changes; check your rear-view mirrors, blind spots and signal your intentions with your indicators before swinging over in a long, gradual tangent – make sure to move with the smallest possible steering change and with light acceleration.
• Be cautious of areas that might induce skidding, such as unexpected ice patches or piles of wet leaves (particularly found in shady areas or overpasses).
• Clear your windscreen, defog and turn your headlights on to increase your visibility before beginning your journey.
• Maintain a safe distance to the vehicle in front, it takes twice as much distance to stop in
• Ensure your tyres have good tread.
• BE SURE to undertake your pre-start checks thoroughly!
Black ice refers to the coating of ice on a road surface. Due to its transparency on the road, it is difficult to spot. Black ice generally forms at night time, in the early mornings or on sections of the roads that haven’t been exposed to sunlight, such as under tree cover. It causes the road to be extremely slippery and is linked to the cause of many accidents.
• If you hit black ice, use the accelerator, brakes and steering as little as possible. If you try to struggle against the ice by braking hard or steering in the opposite direction, you increase the risk of skidding and spinning out.
• A safe stop on icy or snow-packed roads is a tricky manoeuvre which requires skill and good judgment. Anticipate stops, slow down gradually (and well ahead of intersections) and be conscious of the fact that approaches to stopping places are likely to be polished and slick, because of stopping and starting traffic.
If you’re travelling at high speed over a road covered with water, there’s the possibility that your vehicle could aquaplane. This occurs when your tyres glide over the water rather than separate it, resulting in a loss of traction, which could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If your vehicle begins to aquaplane...
✓ Take your foot off the accelerator and reduce speed.
✓ When you have regained control, drive slowly through any water on the road.
Never slam on the brakes, as this may increase your chances of skidding out of control.
Good drivers know the hazards if winter driving. Be sure to take care and apply relevant action when you hit patches of extreme weather or road conditions.