3 ways to drive safely in snowy conditions

Many people around Australia were surprised when it began to snow across the country the other week, creating challenges for drivers and fleet managers alike. After all, even though it's winter, Australia isn't known for its snow. Sun and storms sure, but rarely are snow flurries so widespread. 

Last week however, both NSW and Queensland - the so-called Sunshine State - experienced the most snow they'd seen in years. While we couldn't predict the future and bring you these tips before the storm hit, here's what you need to know if it happens again:

1. Have a modern fleet

Businesses should make every effort to keep their fleets as up-to-date as possible. Not only do modern cars help to reduce fuel consumption, they are packed with more safety measures than their ancestors. 

Systems like traction control, anti-lock brakes and stability control are standard on most new vehicles today, making it easy to buy a car that remains safe and stable no matter how far the conditions deteriorate. 

The popularity of SUVs and their smaller crossover variants has also inadvertently created a safer environment for motorists around the country. As most of these vehicles are equipped with four-wheel drive, motorists are more than ready to stay safe in the snow. 

2. Be prepared

While most cars come equipped with tools and sometimes first aid kits, there's further rescue gear fleet managers can add to vehicles in the winter months. 

Items such as shovels for digging cars out of snow and chains for added traction can greatly increase fleet safety. 

3. Drive safely

Drivers can have the newest possible vehicle and all the safety equipment known to man, but none of it will be of any help if they act dangerously. 

In snowy conditions, it's wise to minimise driving. If your fleet absolutely needs to be on the roads, ensure motorists are exercising caution at every opportunity.