How Employers Can Help Prevent Employee Car Accidents During Winter

How Employers Can Help Prevent Employee Car Accidents During Winter

Winter weather brings an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. Nearly 40 percent of all weather-related traffic accidents involve snow or ice, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. This seasonal danger doesn't just affect workers who operate heavy motorized equipment, delivery vans or fleet cars as part of their job. Employees who commute to work are at greater risk for car crashes in winter. Employers can't control the weather, but they can help their workers stay safe on the road, whether it's a workday or the weekend. Read on to learn what employers should know about preventing employee car accidents during winter.

The Impact of Car Crashes on a Business

There is nothing positive that comes from a car accident, including the effect on businesses. According to the CDC, employers lost $39 billion in work-related car accidents in 2019. Another statistic highlighted that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for workers across all major industries.

Whether related to their job or not, employees injured in a car accident are more likely to miss work. Other employees will need to pitch in to help their injured co-workers, potentially lowering overall productivity. Also, businesses whose employees are involved in car accidents often see their health insurance premiums increase.

Motor vehicle accidents might be the most significant threat to maintaining a healthy workforce, stable earnings and market competitiveness. Therefore, employers have a vested interest in doing their part to help reduce the number of winter-related car accidents.

Three Incentives for Employers to Promote Driver Safety:

  1. Save lives and prevent injuries in your workplace and community.
  2. Protect your financial and human resources.

How Employers Can Reduce Car Accidents in Winter

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to more people working remotely from home. Yet this option is not always available or practical. Instead, small, medium and large businesses alike can do their part to reduce wintertime car crashes using the information below.

Safe Winter Driving Tips from OSHA

OSHA encourages employers to make the following winter driving safety tips available to their employees.

  1. Prepare Yourself & Your Vehicle

OSHA recommends that drivers perform the following maintenance (or take their car to a trusted mechanic):

  • Check battery, tire treads and windshield wipers (including rear wiper, if available)
  • Add no-freeze windshield washer fluid to the reservoir
  • Check antifreeze levels

      2. Purchase the Following to Keep in Your Vehicle 

  • Flashlight with working batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Abrasive material in case you're stuck in the snow (sand or kitty litter)
  • Shovel
  • Snowbrush
  • Ice scraper
  • Flares or other warning devices
  • Blankets

OSHA also recommends bringing food, medication and cell phone (with car charger) for longer trips.

3. Protect Drivers & Passengers

  • Always use your seat belt, no matter how short the trip.
  • Use child safety and booster seats properly.
  • Kids 12 and under are safest in the back seat.

4. Practice Winter Driving

  • Practice stopping and accelerating on snow or ice in an empty parking lot during daylight.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to allow for holiday traffic congestion, reduced visibility and decreased speeds.
  • Remember that icy and snowy roads require more space between vehicles.
  • Steer into a skid.
  • Stomp on antilock brakes, pump non-antilock brakes.
  • Keep windows, side view mirrors, headlights and brake lights clear for greater visibility.
  • Look out for pedestrians who may be harder to see due to snowbanks.

Go the Extra Mile with a Company Driver Safety Program

In addition to the OSHA suggestions above, consider incorporating these ideas into a company-wide driver’s safety program:

  1. Allow employees to leave earlier or arrive later, depending on weather conditions.
  2. Offer remote work-from-home hours or days if there are official weather alerts.
  3. Promote your business and safe winter driving by giving employees ice scrapers or flashlights with the company logo or website.


Employers who encourage safe winter driving can help reduce their employees’ risk of winter car accidents which helps reduce lost workdays and decreased productivity. Your workforce is the most important asset of your business. By taking a few simple steps to promote safer winter driving, you can help protect employees and their families from serious injury or loss of life.

Download Center

  • Hand Safety Program

    Hand injuries are the #1 preventable industrial accident worldwide. In REThinking Hand Safety, the most comprehensive book on hand safety, you'll learn how top companies have reduced hand injuries by up to 90% and what the most successful hand safety programs have in common. Get your free copy today!

  • Free 1-on-1 Consultations

    Is your company ready to reduce hand injuries? Schedule a free meeting with a Superior Glove hand safety expert and learn how to reduce hand injuries, lower PPE costs, and increase worker productivity. Our 1-on-1 consultations offer personalized advice and recommendations for your specific needs and concerns.

  • Glove 101 Guide

    Choosing the right safety gloves for your workers can be a daunting task. That’s where some basic knowledge of gloves can really come in handy! In this comprehensive guide you’ll find key information you need to know about safety gloves from types of gloves and materials to additives, treatments, safety standards, and more.

  • Sample Program

    Find the right safety gloves for your team and try before you buy—in just 3 easy steps! Simply add the products you want to try to your sample box, complete the sample request form, and wait for your samples to arrive at no cost to you.

  • Water Protection Product Guide

    Find the right safety gloves for your workers that are designed to protect in wet environments. From light and flexible to heavy duty, find the best water-resistant gloves with mechanical protection to safeguard workers.

  • Superior Glove

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2022

    November December 2022


      The Evolution of Gas Detection
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2022
      Enhance Your Fall Protection Program with Technology
      The Future: How Safety WIll Continue to Evolve
    View This Issue