Driving conditions in winter can change quickly, leading to hazardous conditions on the road. The US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration attributes nearly one-fourth of all weather-related vehicle crashes to snowfall or sleet, and each year more than 1,300 people are killed, and 116,800 are injured in crashes involving snow, slush, or ice.
While weather and hazardous road conditions are major contributors to such crashes, so is the lack of daylight. During winter months, when the days are shorter, the number of crashes goes up. In fact, the National Safety Council found that traffic fatalities increase by as much as three times after dark.
With so many added pressures to winter driving, it’s imperative for safety managers to review and reinforce winter driving safety reminders before the wet, snowy, and icy weather arrives.