Safer Fleet Driving with Winter Snow and Sun Glare

29 Nov 2018

Winter snow and sun glare not only hurt your eyes, but they can create hazardous driving conditions for fleet vehicles and ordinary passenger vehicles. There are things you can do to minimize the impact of winter snow and sun glare to help your drivers stay safer on the roads this winter.

The reflection of sunlight from the snow can be blinding and that can lead to a host of accidents if your drivers (and others on the road) don’t follow safer driving practices in these types of conditions.

Why is Snow Glare so Dangerous?

Among the biggest problems with snow glare is the fact that it’s a one-two knockout punch. You feel the instant prick of pain in a tender spot in the brain. The pain itself can linger long after the initial blast, impairing your ability to focus on what’s taking place on the road ahead of you.

The second part of the problem is that it affects your ability to see what’s happening on the road in front of you. That means it will take you longer to react to the unexpected and you may miss some things, like pedestrians or animals darting out in front of you ― or even other vehicles.

Encourage Proactive, Sun Safe Driving Practices

There are several actions drivers can take to drive more safely in less than ideal situations, like sunny snow days. TUse sun visors to help block the sun. If you have the opportunity to install supplemental sun visors or tinting in vehicles, now is a great time to consider the option to assist as well.

  • Invest in polarized sunglasses for all your drivers and encourage them to use them routinely. Not only do these help to block some of the blinding rays. They also help to reduce glare.
  • Clean windows (inside and out) regularly paying special attention to ensure they are streak free as well.
  • Encourage drivers to leave more space between them and cars in front of them. This helps to accommodate from the other drivers’ inability to see as well as their own.
  • Consider alternate routes that provide more shade and less glare or scheduling routes in wide open spaces where glare may prove problematic at different times of day. GPS fleet tracking can help you choose alternate routes that will help you improve driver safety through sun and snow glare and so much more.
  • Increase visibility by encouraging your drivers to drive with daytime running lights.

 

As you can see there are many different things you can do to help your drivers. Of course, the more you do, the better it is for your drivers and the safer the roadways will be for everyone.

Taking the steps now to reduce the effect winter snow and sun glare have on drivers could save your company a lot of time and money over time. It’s well worth the investment in sunglasses and GPS fleet tracking to keep your people safe and on the road.

Give us a call at LiveView GPS to learn more about our GPS tracking solution and how they can improve the efficiency and safety of your fleet drivers. 1-888-544-0494

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