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Five Winter Driving Tips

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No one knows how to handle large vehicles in inclement weather better than snow plow operators. The safety precautions these drivers take are appropriate for drivers of any sized vehicle driving on snowy and icy roads. Regardless of the type or size of your fleet, consider these following five tips from Michigan County Road Commission snow plow operators:

  1. Aim high in steering. Hold the vehicle steering wheel at the 2- and 10-o’clock positions. This allows the driver to keep total control of the vehicle, especially during evasive maneuvering.
  2. Get the big picture. Look far enough down the road to see hazards before you arrive. This helps you spot problems ahead and on either side of you.
  3. Keep your eyes moving. Don’t lock onto any one item for too long. Keep scanning from side to side to identify changing conditions.
  4. Leave yourself an out. Don’t box yourself into a poor situation as you travel. Try to keep other drivers out of your blind spots.
  5. Make sure they see you. You can generally spot a large vehicle from a great distance. To help make sure they see you, keep your lights and beacons working at all times. Take extra precaution by lightly tapping on the horn to make eye contact with the driver.

In addition, drivers are encouraged to:

  • Use the three-point contact method when entering and exiting vehicle cabs.
  • Wear a seat belt at all times.
  • Walk around the vehicle to check side mirrors and lights.
  • Make the necessary vehicle adjustments before getting on the road.
  • Avoid unnecessary backing maneuvers whenever possible.

For additional winter driving tips to share with your drivers, download a copy of EMC’s Winter Driving Tech Sheet.

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