Are your staff road ready for winter weather?

As part of recent blog posts we’ve highlighted the need to plan for business continuity over winter.  If any of your staff do break down in their cars, do you know whether they have the right kit to ensure they are safe and they are able to support the people they care for?

The following are considered Year-round essentials:

  • A fully charged mobile phone and in car charger.
  • Hi-viz bib
  • Road map – in case of diversions
  • First aid kit
  • Water & non-perishable food
  • Loose change
  • Umbrella or water proof
  • Breakdown service and insurance company contact details
  • Hazard triangle.

In Winter, it’s worth staff keeping these items in their vehicle too:

  • A coat, hat, scarf, gloves and extra warm clothing
  • A spare pair of shoes or boots
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and batteries
  • Extra snacks (chocolate or cereal bars)
  • Extra screenwash.

When the forecast is for severe weather and your staff still have to be out, then it’s good to consider them packing these items too:

  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • A flask of hot drink

Useful information, which can be shared with your staff can be found via:  Which? How to drive in snow

ROPA – How to drive in snow

Norfolk County Council can also provide assistance to organisations to ensure that you are compliant with H&S legislation and that drivers are operating in the safest possible way. Further details of the support available can be found at: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads/road-safety/road-education-and-training/business-driving.