Winter Driving Precautions

Feature Writer  |  January 14, 2022   |   Home Delivery, Parcel Delivery, Final Mile Home Delivery, Delivery Service Provider, E-commerce Delivery, Driver Safety,

Another season of snow blasts, black ice, depleted windshield washer levels, and people driving in front of you with summer show tires still on for some reason.

 

Driving to the grocery store can be an adventure – with or without an N95 mask. In the home delivery business, the process of moving 100,000+ parcels per week on busy roadways can be fraught with danger.

When you consider the pressure placed on our dedicated driver teams; with road closures, accidents, and one-way streets to contend with, the danger is compounded. Factor in the pressure of ongoing GPS monitoring from dispatch, and you can peek into a small window of their daily reality.

The best defense against becoming a traffic casualty is to be fully aware of the specific risks that are out there. Our fleet management team has compiled the most common collision types to prepare our drivers with the necessary safety measures to take and we thought to share this with you.

As you head out for your own personal daily route, keep these in mind to remain safe on the road.

 

  • Rear-End Collision
  • Single Motor Vehicle Collision
  • Side Impact Collision
  • Lane-Change Collision

Rear-End Collision | Excuse me! We barely know each other

WHAT IT IS
A traffic accident where a vehicle crashes into the vehicle directly in front of it.

 

1_Rear End Collision_400pxCAUSES

Driving too close. This is an unnecessary, but common activity. Drivers seem to take offense to have someone cut in front, or even simply switch lanes to a position ahead of them. To pre-empt this, many tailgate the driver ahead in order to “hold their position”.

This is a breeding ground for accidents, especially in winter, when tire traction and overall control of the vehicle can be extremely limited.

 

ACTIONS TO TAKE
Keep your eyes on the road at all times and never follow too close. Maintain a 2-3 car safety distance (not metres – car lengths’) between you and the vehicle in front of you. Remember to brake in intervals well in advance, rather than slamming them abruptly.

Single Motor Vehicle Collision | Avoiding distractions...

WHAT IT IS
An accident consisting of a vehicle colliding with a static object or running off the roadway causing damage.

 

2_Single Motor Vehicle Collision_400pxCAUSES

Distraction, impairment, and/or exhaustion. This happens when a vehicle is being driven on a less active roadway or there are few vehicles in close proximity. In this scenario drivers often get a false sense of safety. The result can be wavering focus with many adverse results including resting (read: shutting) eyes, taking hands off the wheel, or turning head away from the roadway. Each can lead to unexpected sudden impact.

ACTIONS TO TAKE
Never use communication devices while driving. In addition, eliminate activities such as eating, applying makeup, or reading when a vehicle under your control is in motion. If something other than driving requires your attention, for your safety and those around you, pull over and tend to the matter while parked at a full stop. Don’t drive on private property and always be aware of your clearance distance (height and side clearing maneuvers) before proceeding.

Side-Impact Collision | Dangerous curves ahead

WHAT IT IS
This accident, also known as a broadside or T-bone collision, occurs when the side of one or more vehicles is impacted. Such collisions often occur at roadway intersections.

 

3_Side Impact Collision_400px-1CAUSES

Distraction, and speed (in particular, rushing to make a green or amber light), are the common causes for this type of collision.

There are many shifting variables where roadways intersect: traffic light status, the volume of traffic, pedestrian locations, and more often than not, how hurried you are to your destination. These combining elements can be overwhelming and lead to dangerous collisions.

 

ACTIONS TO TAKE
Be cautious and extra alert at intersections. Never
make a left or right turn without absolute right of way.
Be certain that you can complete your turn before commencing any intersection-related maneuver.

 

Lane-Change Collision | Lane separators are closer than they may appear…

WHAT IT IS
This type of accident is when one or more vehicles hit each other while in the process of transferring to adjoining lanes of traffic.

4_Change Lane Collision_400pxCAUSES

Inadequate checking to ensure proper clearance.

Often the decision to switch lanes is an impulse. Someone ahead of you is traveling slowly — change lanes. Traffic ahead is at a standstill — change lanes. You see a sign for your favorite coffee shop — change lanes. The rushed nature of coming to this decision often expedites the lane shift, putting you and the drivers around you in danger.

 

ACTIONS TO TAKE
Check, signal, view blind spots, change lanes. After each of these steps is done, repeat.

Driving in a manner that plans each maneuver well in advance will eliminate unnecessary tickets, prevent collisions, and possibly save lives.

 

This winter, don't be a negative traffic statistic. By reviewing and understanding how to prevent these common collision types, your chances of getting home without spilling the milk you went out for, will increase dramatically. 

 

Rear-End Collision, Single Motor Vehicle Collision, Side-Impact Collision, and Change-Lane Collision.

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