Driving in the Rain Safety

Water on the roadway becomes a lubricant that makes road surfaces slick. It’s also said that oil and dust on the road can make the road surface even slicker. Combined with high speeds, wet roads become deadly. It takes diligence on the part of the driver to stay safe during rainy drives. Reduce vehicle speeds. Scan ahead. Wear your seat belt. Reduce distractions. Focus on the road ahead. Review these safety tips with drivers in your organization.

11 Worksafe Tips For Driving Safely In The Rain

  1. Everyone in the vehicle should wear their seat belt.
  2. Leave early and plan a route that avoids traffic congestion.
  3. Its Missouri law that whenever wipers are used, headlights must be on.
  4. Reduce vehicle speeds – avoid hydroplaning.
    • Hydroplaning means that the vehicles’ tires actually travel on top of a water layer instead of contacting the road surface.
    • Hydroplaning can cause the vehicle to spin out of control, much like it is on ice.
    • If hydroplaning occurs, keep the steering wheel straight and let off of the gas pedal.
    • Gently apply brakes – don’t lock them up!
  5. Avoid a collision by scanning ahead for:
    • Accidents
    • Water over the road
    • Stopped or slowed traffic
  6. Reduce distractions like:
    • Cell phone use
    • Eating, drinking, grooming
    • Manipulating vehicle systems
    • GPS
    • Changing CDs or radio stations
  7. Focus on the road ahead and give driving full concentration during the rain.
  8. Don’t use cruise control – the vehicle may actually accelerate when hydroplaning occurs! Use your headlights.
  9. If rain becomes heavy, pull off of the roadway into a parking lot or side street to wait it out.
  10. Never drive through rushing water over the roadway.
  11. Water can easily pick up and move an automobile!

General Safety – Hazard Awareness

A hazard is defined as a condition or changing set of circumstances that presents a potential for injury, ill- ness, or property damage. The potential or inherent characteristics of an activity, condition, or circumstance that can produce adverse or harmful consequences.

An accident is defined as an unfortunate event often the result of carelessness or ignorance. An unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance usually resulting in an unfavorable outcome.

There are some key words in these definitions: Unplanned; Unforeseen; Unfortunate; Unfavorable and most importantly POTENTIAL!

For an unplanned or unforeseen event to take place, there has to be potential!. Complacency and taking things for granted are causes of a tremendous number of injuries each year. Recognizing hazards and doing something about them is everyone’s responsibility!

So as you begin work, ask yourself:

  • Do I have the right tools/equipment for the job?
  • Have I inspected my tools/equipment to make sure they are in good repair or am I trying to get by?
  • Is the work laid out to provide safe completion of the job?
  • Are the materials I am using safe, and do I need additional personal protective equipment such as: safety glasses, gloves, hard hat, respirator, etc.?
  • Is there a safer way to accomplish the task?
  • Are all necessary equipment guards in place?
  • Are written procedures such as lockout/tagout being followed?