Windy conditions often come with rain and snowstorms, but strong, sustained winds can occur on their own, creating extra dangers for employees who drive for work. The roadway can be an extension of the workplace, and our tips can help keep your employees safe.
1Watch the weather
Weather service offices may issue high-wind watches, warnings, or advisories when winds will make it difficult to drive. Expect winds to be worse in exposed places, such as straight, open roads, bridges and overpasses, or between hills.
2Be aware of high-profile vehicles
Large trucks, vans, buses, and those towing cargo, are vulnerable to losing control or tipping over in high winds. They can also create turbulence for motorcycles and other small vehicles. Drivers should pay extra attention to the road and anticipate gusts in windy conditions.
3Keep your distance
Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles to give yourself and other motorists time and space to avoid any debris in the road. Turn on your headlights to see better through dust, dirt, or snow that the wind kicks up.
4Keep your hands on the wheel
Heavy winds make it harder to steer and handle a vehicle, so keep a firm grip on the wheel. If you don’t feel comfortable driving, pull over to a safe place until the wind dies down.
Driving slower than the posted speed limit helps lessen the dangers of wind and helps you better control the vehicle.