The challenge is to not let a mishap turn into a catastrophe and to avoid this, the best way is to plan ahead. Our NZ winter starts tomorrow; roads are wet, days are short, farms and forests are muddy, temperatures keep dropping.
Putting the right gear on for the season, paying attention to the conditions on the road and at your workplace, being patient with stressed motorists and making sure your working gear is in good order will get you a long way to keep you safe during this coming wintertime.
Planing ahead is the best backup you can have and by also looking after your workmates you'll be backing up their backup too. Keep warm and stay safe!