Winter driving safety

Tips to stay safe on the roads

Hoosier Energy Meter Relay Technician Don Small drives a lot – he has driven approximately 1.5 million miles to date as he moves between substations. Small shared what he does to stay safe while traveling, showing his commitment to be Safe
by Choice.

A Hoosier Energy employee who drives throughout central and southern Indiana shares some precautions he takes to stay safe and to keep your energy flowing.

Meter Relay Technician Don Small has worked at Hoosier Energy for nearly 39 years. He has accumulated approximately 1.5 million miles driving to different substations and member cooperatives, averaging 40,000-60,000 miles per year. 

As the weather turns bad, Small recommends using your vehicle’s backup camera in addition to your mirrors. The camera allows him to back up to a substation safely when he does not have another person to help guide him. 

“Use your mirrors because backup cameras don’t show you the side of a vehicle. If you only depend on the backup camera, you can hit something,” cautioned Small. 

Small recommends using cruise control to regulate your speed. However, cruise control should not be used when the roads are wet or slick. 

He also recommends using fog lights to help guide you when there is fog, rain or snow. A common misconception is that fog lights help you see ahead of yourself better. 

“Fog lights are designed for you to be able to watch the center line and edge of the road,” Small said. 

Before traveling in inclement weather, don’t overlook the simple things.

Headrest: Ensure it is adjusted to properly protect the back of your head and neck in the event of an accident. 

Mirrors: Adjust all the mirrors to ensure you can see properly on all sides of your vehicle, especially if it is a vehicle you do not regularly drive.

Lights: Turn on your lights and walk around the vehicle to see if any are not functioning properly. 

Buckle up: Using a safety belt is important for the driver and passengers.