By Jim Maltby, Corporate Director of Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Management, Lynden Transport and Tyler Bones, Safety Manager of Lynden Alaska West Express
According to executives at Lynden Transport, “Slow the Hell Down and Drive Defensively” is a crucial step in remaining safe on the road, especially during the upcoming winter months when driving conditions worsen. Of course, safety technology and a comprehensive safety program are defining factors for fleets looking to navigate the winter months unscathed.
Lynden drivers travel cross-country and encounter some of the worst weather Mother Nature can muster—including in the oilfields in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, located 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle. As a result, they’ve had to learn the best ways to ensure not only their safety, but that of the vehicles surrounding them.
As harsh weather and poor driving conditions are universal concerns for drivers and fleet managers across the country, Lynden offers five tips for navigating the challenges of winter driving:
5 Top Tips to Stay Safe This Winter Season
1. Have a Clear “Stop Work” Authority Program: Work to identify fatigue and support your drivers in their decisions to stay off the road.
2. Route Planning: It’s important to know the current weather conditions and forecasts for the area your drivers are traveling through.
3. Driving Habits: Encourage drivers to stay focused and keep their head in the game.
4. Equipment: Ensure drivers take extra time to conduct a thorough equipment check before heading out on the road.
5. Survival Gear: Remind drivers to be prepared for long delays.
Winter weather doesn’t wait for December 21. Nor should you. Be informed. Be prepared.
Safe driving and happy holidays!