If you drive a lot as part of your job, you may not have thought about what happens if you get stuck or break down. Accidents increase over the winter months with the decrease in daylight hours and the increased likelihood of adverse weather conditions.
Do You Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Company Vehicle?
Even if you yourself do not have an accident, you could find yourself caught unexpectedly for quite some time in the resulting traffic. A breakdown may also result in much more time spent in the car than anticipated. For these eventualities, it is a good idea to have an emergency kit that is kept in your car ‘just in case’! These can be purchased from various places such as the RAC and AA, but in all honestly, you can just as easily put one together yourself from things that you probably already have. This can then be more tailored to suit your individual preferences, but should definitely contain the following;
Energy bar or other long-life food
Bottles of Water
Torch (with working batteries or windup variety)
Phone Charger (spare power bank advisable too)
There will always be some circumstances that will be outside your control, and may result in you being stuck in your vehicle for a few hours, but there are a few things you can do before you even set off to ensure you are driving as safely as possible.
- Get up a good 10 minutes early to give you time to prepare and de-ice your vehicle.
- Clear all windows thoroughly of snow and ice using de-icer and a scraper – do not set off with just a tiny peep-hole cleared in the windscreen.
- If it has snowed, make sure clear the roof before you drive – it can slip down over the windscreen and obscure your view.
- Plan your routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been gritted.
- Put safety before punctuality when the bad weather closes in, it’s always a good idea to allow extra time in winter for your journey.
Until Next Time, Andrew Mitchell