Response time is critical for the rescue driver. Once a call is dispatched the clock starts. It now rests upon the driver to arrive on scene (and in some instances leave the scene) as quickly and safely as possible. No doubt being prepared is critical. Read more here.
What does it take to be properly prepared? It means that both the vehicle and crew are prepped and ready for almost anything. Under “normal operating” conditions it may be a sunny day with moderate temperatures in which the weather is not a factor in response time. Therefore, the focus of the rescue driver is simply to pay close attention to the changing traffic patterns that they encounter.
What happens when weather become a factor? Inclement weather can certainly slow response times and it is up to the rescue drive to adjust accordingly. In most places drivers can expect to encounter at least rain and possibly snow. Even extreme heat though can be cause for concern as a driver needs to ensure they are properly hydrated, and the vehicle does not overheat.
What about freezing fog? As we all know fog under normal conditions can reduce visibility, but freezing fog adds another element of concern. Freezing fog occurs when the temperature drops to 0 degrees C or lower, the fog produces drizzle, and the droplets freeze, creating a coat of ice on the surface they touch. Freezing fog can cause black ice to form on roadways. Black ice is difficult to see making a quick response time risky and dangerous.
How to reduce the risks in bad weather? The Onspot automatic snow chain system is designed to reduce the risks when traveling in conditions where snow, sleet, and ice are present. One of the advantages is that the system is always ready and the driver is prepared if changing conditions present a need for traction in slippery conditions. To learn more about the Onspot system follow the link below.