Over the next few days, the UK is bracing itself for extreme weather warnings. Managing fleets can be difficult enough, but once bad weather strikes, safety is the main concern.
Even the most experienced drivers need to be wary when driving in extreme weather conditions (even though the UK is pretty used to the rain by now).
We have come up with some top tips for fleet drivers during the bad weather.
Visibility is key
Extreme rain, snow and wind can blur your windscreen, and if you can’t see then you’re at risk of an accident. Before you set off, ensure that all frozen windows are cleared using the cars heating system and anti-freeze spray.
Another key feature to check is your wiper blades. In freezing conditions, wiper blades can become frozen, causing them damage. Always check for damage and replace if necessary.
Finally, ensure that you have enough screenwash in your vehicle and that the concentration is suitable for cold, or even freezing conditions. Ideally, you should be looking for protection down to -10 degrees C. If you live, or are driving in areas that are likely to have the greatest extremes of weather, protection should be down to -20 degrees C.
No need for a call out
According to the RAC, in February 2012, more than 50,000 call-outs were actioned due to battery related issues. Ensure that your vehicle has a fully charged battery before setting off on your journey. Even though call-outs could well be available, bad weather especially can disrupt and cause cancellations to rescue services.
No time for tyre changes
You definitely don’t want to take the risk of changing a tyre in adverse weather conditions. Always check the tyre condition to see if there is adequate tread and look out for any damages such as splits and finally, check that there is enough pressure.
If you are driving in areas with acceptable amounts of snow or ice, you should consider purchasing winter tyres or snow socks to give you better control and traction.
The ten second rule
If you have taken your driving theory test recently, you’ll know all about the two, four and ten second gap rule. In ice or snowy conditions, you should always keep a ten second gap between you and the car in front of you to prevent accidents.
Our Pay As You Track app will let you track your fleet’s driving performance during the bad weather to come and allow you to prepare for their future journeys.