Road and Weather Conditions

The types of roads driven, terrain, congestion and adverse weather conditions can significantly contribute to crashes. Drivers need to acknowledge these changing conditions and adjust their driving technique accordingly. Training and instruction may play an important part in increasing drivers’ awareness of these hazards.

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Significant driving in adverse weather conditions. Regular route assessment and/or planning.
Regions that have rapidly changing weather conditions, including storms, snowfall, rainfall, bright sunshine etc. Specialised driver training.
Remote or rural areas where road surface conditions are poor. Ensure vehicles are adequate for road and weather conditions.
Drivers who may be exposed to a wide variety of road types, surfaces and congestion. Ensure that drivers are equipped with additional safety equipment (e.g. snow chains, shovels for snow; or daytime running lights for bright sunshine).

  • Where adverse terrain, road types, road surfaces etc exist, consider implementing procedures to plan routes.
  • Consider specific training for drivers in adverse conditions, such as unsealed roads, off-road driving etc.
  • Consider training and awareness programs for drivers who may experience adverse, or rapidly changing weather conditions.
  • Procedures should exist that allows employees to abort trips in extreme weather conditions, or make safer, alternative travel arrangements.