A quarter of road traffic accidents involve someone driving for work. There are 5,000 accidents involving transport in the workplace per year.
Safety tips to improve staff safety when driving
1. Check the vehicle before you set off
Check that the seatbelts are functional and in good repair, mirrors are clean, clear and adjusted correctly, windscreen wipers are correctly positioned and functional. Make sure there is ample screenwash, that the lights are functional and clean. Finally, ensure that the tyres are properly inflated and have sufficient tread.
2. Report any problems or faults immediately
If you suspect a fault or problem, do not drive the vehicle until it has been checked by a professional.
3. Ensure you are licenced to drive the vehicle
That means having the appropriate licence for that particular size and type of vehicle. For example car, motorcycle, HGV, fork-lift truck, etc.
4. Plan your journey
Consider whether your trip is necessary at all or whether you can use a safer form of transport instead (e.g. train). If it's unavoidable, plan your route carefully, avoiding accident blackspots or areas of high congestion (where possible).
5. Check the weather before you travel
Should adverse weather be forecast, consider cancelling or postponing your journey. If you decide to travel anyway, mitigate the risks by allowing more time for your journey, carrying winter emergency equipment (e.g. a spade, warm clothing, blanket, mobile phone, etc). And don't forget food and water!
6. Take regular breaks
Plan regular breaks in your journey. It is recommended that you take 15 minutes break for every two hours of driving.
7. Comply with road traffic laws
Stick to the speed limits, wear a seatbelt, and do not use your mobile phone unless your vehicle is parked. Never drive when under the influence of drink or drugs. If you are required to wear glasses or contact lenses to drive always wear them.
8. Tell your manager if anything affects your driving
Tell your manager promptly if anything changes to affect your ability to drive legally. Examples include health issues, penalties, accidents, etc.
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