January 30, 2023

Sharing the Road

Driving in snowy conditions can be extremely hazardous for all.  But winter driving in mountainous regions or rugged terrain can present unique challenges that can make it particularly dangerous. Depending on where you’re heading or driving, you may be faced with winding roads, ice, snow and unpredictable traffic .

During this winter season, it’s particularly critical to be situationally aware on the road. Especially when sharing the road with  truck drivers in order to help keep the road safe for everyone. We’re here to help fill you in on all the do’s and dont’s of the road. Read up on our essential tips for safe winter driving to keep you and your loved ones safe.

  1. Keep blind spots in mind. Truck drivers have a greater disadvantage when it comes to blind spots. Make sure to watch out for their blindspots when driving near them or when passing them. Always pass trucks on the driver side so they’re aware of your presence on the road.  
  2. Keep a safe distance. Maintaining a safe distance between you and other vehicles is always very important, however, this becomes more vital during winter weather. Keeping a safe distance between you and commercial trucks can give you a longer response time if  you begin sliding on icy roads. 
  3. Limit distractions. Limit time on your phone while driving so that all your attention is on the road and you can see any difference in terrain, traffic or weather. Avoid eating while on the road, if you can, pull over. Avoid multitasking in your car. Do pre planning if necessary. Small distractions can come at a great expense.
  4. Be mindful of headlights. Bright headlights can create a hazard that could blind drivers near you. Make sure to dim lights when passing cars or when approaching parts of the road with more traffic. 
  5. Drive defensively. It is absolutely paramount to drive defensively. This is especially important when driving in winter conditions and sharing the road with commercial trucks. Being a defensive driver means being situationally aware at all times and being able to foresee hazards in order to address them proactively.

1.  Don’t allow yourself to be easily distracted. Distractions can come at a great cost. Chances are that distraction can wait.

2. Don’t speed. Speeding and inclement weather do not mix. Make sure to drive at safe speed at all times. 

3. Don’t be an aggressive driver. Driving in icy conditions can cause stress for many people and adding an aggressive driver to the equation can make the situation worse. Be mindful of the road and everyone in it. If you’re faced with an aggressive driver do not give into their behavior. More often than not reacting to an aggressive driver will only worsen the situation. 

4. Leave unprepared. Being well equipped for emergencies is a must at any time of the year, however, it is absolutely essential to be prepared for road emergencies during the winter. Accidents can happen at any moment and being well prepared can save you a lot of stress and hassles down the road. Whether it be a wreck that causes a huge traffic jam, road closure or car malfunctions make sure you have a plan for these events. Check out our list below for must haves for this winter season that can keep you safe and prepared. 

Must Haves
  • First aid kit 
  • Snow Scraper 
  • Portable Shovel
  • Hot Hands 
  • Flat Tire Fixer Kit
  • Safety Vest
  • Additional Jackets 
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Additional Batteries 
  • Emergency Roadside kit 

Have questions about how to keep teens safe on the job? Check out our work safety resources and talk with one of our safety consultants by contacting safetyoncall@pinnacol.com.