Before leaving home… Check weather at destination Check State of Colorado road condition website: cotrip.org Check your favorite tv/radio station weather report Allow extra time for your commute Fully clean windshield, side and rear windows and headlight lenses Be sure your windshield washer reservoir is full Look at your tires: do they look low? Is a low tire dashlight illuminated? De-ice car doors Fully warm vehicle and defrost all windows
How to jump a vehicleTo reduce chance of explosion of errant gases: hook negative cable of dead car to a metal area – not the negative battery post (5D)
Clear all snow from roof as thesnow can suddenly shift forward orrearward without notice and block your vision or that of the driver behind you!
Hazards- test brakes and driving surface in a safe locationIf your car is equipped with antilock brakes- be sure You know what they sound like when activated and how to use them most effectively
Recognize how slippery the surface will be for both you and oncoming traffic.Learn how to recognize when black ice condition exist on the road
Residential streets stay slippery longer because of lower trafficResidential streets with heavy snowfall may ha unseen ice deep in the ruts
Lack of sunlight on road surface ofunderpasses means they stay icy much longer than nearby roads
Road surface on overpasses freezes andgets icy much sooner than nearby surfaces
Be Aware that wheelchairs and walkers can lose and gain traction at unpredictable times when accessing vehicles. Accessible vehicles are high profile thus are far more susceptible to high wind buffeting under winter conditions
Carry traction mats or other similar devices in your car in the winter (or mud and sand conditions)Practice “rocking” your car out of the tire ruts by using alternate forward and reverse gearsAvoid over-accelerating when trying to regain traction
If in an accident and there is: Damage to any vehicle If there are injuries to any occupant or If any drivers appear incapacitated CALL 911!
In case of accident… -provide 1st aid to all those in immediate need (if you are qualified to do so) -call 911 -obtain full information on all involved drivers If a company car is involved: call 911 and then your supervisor.Fully complete accident report and any necessary Incident Reports and turn into your supervisor