Few bouts of weather cause a level of chaos and disruption comparable to snow. In the main, even an apparently light covering has the power to bring what seems like the entire country to a standstill. This is why winter weather policies are required.
Am I more likely to suffer a road traffic accident when it is snowing?
The short answer to this is yes. The likelihood of a car crash or motorcycle accident substantially increases because of a number of factors, including slippery surfaces and impaired visibility.
Because of the increased risks, organisations such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) have numerous winter weather policies and guidelines designed to help people stay safe when the snow falls.
Find out about winter weather policies before travelling
One of the biggest dangers when snow covers the land is travelling. In this regard, it is strongly advisable to plan your journey well in advance, while ROSPA also advocate leaving aside plenty of time in which to complete it.
Impatient drivers are more likely to take unnecessary risks, causing serious traffic accidents, which can have grave consequences.
ROSPA also suggest that employers have a winter driving policy in place so that staff members do not feel undue pressure to try and make it into work when the weather makes it too dangerous.
Slips, trips and falls are embarrassing and painful enough, but take on a whole new level when snow is thrown into the mix.
Again, ROSPA recommend making as few journeys on foot as possible, whilst also leaving plenty of time in which to undertake and complete the ones that cannot be avoided.
Sturdy, well-gripped footwear will also greatly decrease the likelihood of you suffering a public fall.
Local authorities will organise for roads and pavements to be gritted to help pedestrians avoid slips and falls. Grit bins are also provided in various locations so the public can treat other areas. However, it is important that you don’t take excessive amounts for your own use.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to do what they can to clear their areas, but not in such a manner which makes the situation worse, such as pouring boiling water over a pavement and leaving it.
You should also react to changing conditions, and will probably have to treat an area more than once.
Anyone who has suffered a personal injury as the result of an accident can call Accident Advice Helpline for professional guidance.
Date Published: November 28, 2013
Author: David Brown