Winter Safety

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For most of the country, winter brings frigid temperatures, slippery road conditions, and treacherous walking surfaces. In the event of a possible roadside emergency, you do not want to risk frostbite or hypothermia. The key to protecting yourself is to be able to recognize the hazards that can lead to winter-related injuries and illnesses and know how to protect yourself.

Recognize the Hazards


  • Adverse weather
    • Frigid temperatures
    • Snow
    • Ice
    • Freezing rain
    • High winds
    • Blizzards
    • Whiteout conditions
  • Sun glare
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Sunburn
  • Longer hours of darkness
  • Slower-moving vehicles
  • Inoperable equipment (heater, defroster, wiper blades, etc.)
  • Dirty windows, mirrors, or windshield

Personal behaviors

  • Poor planning
  • Failing to wear proper winter clothing
  • Improper vehicle inspection
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Failing to warm up muscles before removing snow from vehicle
  • Wearing improper footwear

Know the Defense

Stay informed

  • Monitor weather reports
  • Communicate regularly with dispatch

Plan ahead

  • Pack cold weather clothing
  • Pack extra food and water
  • Pack extra blankets
  • Pack waterproof gloves

Vehicle maintenance

  • Conduct vehicle inspections
  • Use a carbon monoxide detector
  • Pack additional safety items
    • Tire chains
    • Reflective vest
    • Flashlight
    • Kneeling pad
    • Washer fluid
    • Anti-gel

Personal safety

  • Dress in layers
  • Wear footwear with slip-resistant soles
  • Wear a hat, gloves, and winter coat, even if outside for short periods
  • Slow down; do not hurry
  • Wear sunglasses to reduce sun glare
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Wear sunscreen when outside

Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.

The information in this article is provided as a courtesy of Great West Casualty Company and is part of the Value-Driven® Company program. Value-Driven Company was created to help educate and inform insureds so they can make better decisions, build a culture that values safety, and manage risk more effectively. To see what additional resources Great West Casualty Company can provide for its insureds, please contact your safety representative, or click below to find an agent.

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