A company has reported two recent incidents where HGV drivers sustained whiplash injuries whilst their vehicles were going through puddles on a third party’s site. Commonly, these types of injuries can occur when the driver unexpectedly strikes a submerged object or a wheel goes into a pot-hole concealed beneath the water.
These incidents are a reminder that some puddles can develop into sizable bodies of water. The road conditions can differ on every site due to a variety of environmental factors such as floods, poor housekeeping and maintenance regimes.
Drivers must ensure that it is safe to drive through puddles. Remember that driving through them incorrectly could cause serious damage to their vehicle, potentially incurring significant costs and, more concerningly, could result in a personal injury.
Shallow puddles are not the most challenging obstacles to overcome, but it’s still important to remember that, on the other side of a puddle, grip levels could be lower. Adjust your speed to suit the depth of the water and if the obstruction is deeper, take more time and care when crossing it.