Staying safe on the road is the number one priority regardless of the weather, but as the winter months start creeping in, it can’t hurt to remind ourselves of the dangers and prepare for the changing conditions. Foggy mornings and shorter daylight hours make it hard to see, rainy weather causes slippery streets, and driving becomes even more hazardous when the roads get icy.
Here are our top tips for rideshare drivers this winter, ensuring you’re prepared for the season ahead.
During the winter, the days are shorter, there’s more fog and rain, and sometimes even snow that can further reduce visibility. Driving more cautiously is your best bet to avoid accidents, but it’s also paramount to ensure other drivers and pedestrians can see you coming in time.
Our top five tips to give yourself plenty of reaction time and keep your car visible on the roads are:
Your tyres should be in good condition year-round, but it’s even more important during winter, as they’re your car’s most critical safety elements. Make a habit of checking for tyre damage every time you wash your car, a thing you should be doing more often in the winter months.
Hazards like low tread depth, splits and bulges are easier to spot when your tyres are clean, a quick wash also goes a long way in preventing rust – road salt is highly corrosive, affecting your brakes and the bodywork.
Even before becoming an Uber driver, you knew the best way to stay safe is to plan. Remember, your car is your work tool, and while it should be prepared for anything the weather throws at it, don’t forget about yourself either:
Lastly, remember to slow down, and when in doubt, pull over and seek shelter if wild weather arrives. Your safety should be your top priority, and there is nothing wrong with travelling just a little bit slower on roads.
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