Guide to Driving a 3.5t Traffic Management Vehicle in Adverse Weather Conditions

Joanne Morgan
October 4, 2023

As a Traffic Management Operative, you will drive company vehicles. As we slide into Autumn, let’s look at how we drive a 3.5t Traffic Management Vehicle in adverse weather conditions. The reduced visibility requires careful attention to safety and preparation. This blog will provide you with essential tips and guidelines to ensure a safe and effective driving experience. We will cover topics such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), maintaining vehicle visibility, and conducting pre-journey vehicle checks.

High-visibility clothing

Always wear high-visibility clothing - at a minimum your regulation top and bottoms - when operating a Traffic Management vehicle in conditions of poor visibility.

Ensure that your PPE is clean and in good condition to maximise visibility. The minute you step out of your vehicle at depot or on a worksite, you are required to wear your full PPE, including safety helmet with a chin strap. And always remember, get out of your vehicle away from the live traffic!

Vehicle maintenance

Frequently clean all vehicle windows, mirrors, and lights, particularly during adverse weather conditions.

Prior to commencing your journey, remove dirt, snow, ice, and debris from the windscreen, headlights, and taillights.

Verify that all vehicle lights, including headlights, taillights, indicators, and hazard lights, are functioning correctly.

In fog or heavy rain, maintain headlights on dipped beams to reduce glare.

Inspect windscreen wipers for proper function and report any faults if they are worn or streaking.

Regularly examine tyres and maintain the appropriate tyre pressure for optimal traction in slippery conditions.

Make sure you complete your company standard vehicle checks before leaving the depot. Report any faults or concerns!

Pre-journey checks

Check and maintain adequate levels of windscreen washer fluid, coolant, and oil.

Ensure that all fluids are suitable for the expected temperature range.

Test the brakes and steering system to ensure they respond properly.

Listen for any unusual noises or vibrations while braking or manoeuvring.

Verify that mirrors and camera systems are correctly adjusted for your field of vision.

Clean and de-mist mirrors and camera lenses as necessary.

Safe driving advice:

Drive at a reduced speed in adverse weather conditions to maintain control and respond to unexpected obstacles effectively.

Leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front to allow for longer braking distances, especially if your van is fully loaded with Traffic Management equipment!

Signal your intentions well in advance to give other road users ample time to react.

Stay informed:

Monitor weather updates and road conditions before and during your journey.

Speak to your Depot Manager or Supervisor if you need to adjust your route or schedule to avoid the worst weather conditions.

Driving a 3.5t Traffic Management Vehicle in adverse weather conditions with reduced visibility requires heightened awareness and preparation. By wearing appropriate PPE, maintaining your vehicle's cleanliness and condition, and adhering to safe driving practices, you can reduce risks and ensure a safer journey for yourself and fellow road users. Always prioritise safety when confronting challenging weather conditions. Safe driving, Traffic Management Ops!

During Vocation Training’s Traffic Management course we take an in-depth look at the issues highlighted in today’s blog.

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