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Travel Tips for CNAs: Driving in Winter Weather

Winter can be a beautiful time of year, however, a winter wonderland can be hazardous for Certified Nursing assistants driving to and from work. Knowing what precautions to take while traveling when snow or ice is in the forecast is essential.

The fact is, when snow blizzards or ice storms occur, CNAs and other healthcare workers will often asked to stay over and work a second shift because travel has been restricted.  Are you prepared to drive in winter weather? 

Some Important Safety Tips for Winter Driving

  • Listen for National Weather Service or watch your local television weather for travel advisories.  The weather often changes you need to be prepared for these changes
  • Never travel in low visibility conditions 
  • Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible
  • Never pour hot water on your windshield to remove ice or snow; it may shatter
  • Travel with a co worker or friend
  • Make sure that someone knows your route and when you are expected to arrive
  • Allow enough time for travel
  • Be prepared to be asked to stay over when working at a hospital ( have extra clothing and essentials you may need such as medications etc.)
  • Make arrangements for your and children and pets in the event that you may have to stay over and work an extra shift

Winterize Your Car

  • Check antifreeze levels, Tire tread, Tire Pressure, and Windshield wipers
  • Fill your gas tank (a full tank is less likely to produce ice in tank)
  • Check and re-stock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave

The following items are what you should have available in your car:

  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Blankets
  • Extra clothing
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Non perishable food
  • Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
  • Bag of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Small shovel
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container

These are only a few travel tips for CNAs driving in winter weather. To be able to take care of our patients, we must first be present, however in many cases snowy weather as well as ice could make that challenging. Hopefully these winter travel Certified Nursing Assistant tips will allow you and your colleagues to get safely to your destination and do what makes you great - care for your patients!