According to the Federal Highway Administration accidents caused by winter weather result in 150,000 injuries and 2,000 deaths each year, on average. In Canada, when it comes to winter driving, nearly 30% of car accidents occur on snowy or icy roads. A strong fleet safety program should include winter driving policies. Driving too quickly is the main cause of accidents in winter conditions. The best tip is to slow down in snowy or icy situations. It is also important to avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and turns. Doing so can cause vehicles to lose traction resulting in collisions.
The Snow Belt is defined as the northern parts of the U.S., primarily the Midwest and the Northeast that are subject to considerable snowfall due to lake effect snow. However, there are many mountainous areas of the west that also receive a considerable amount of snow. As a guideline, you may consider providing Snow Belt options for drivers who live in areas with 40” or more of snowfall annually.
A strong fleet safety program should include winter driving policies. This guide will explore the following:
- Safe winter driving strategies – For all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, winter tires and all-season tires.
- Tips to ensure best winter tires – If you decide to adjust your policy to allow drivers to install winter tires, we will provide some tips to pass along to ensure that they are able to select, install and maintain the proper winter tires for their vehicles.
To learn more about winter driving and winter tires, download Winter Tires guide today.