<img src="https://certify.alexametrics.com/atrk.gif?account=b2hlr1ah9W20em" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="">

8 ways to improve safety when driving for work

Posted by

Lynne Callister

on 07 Aug 2017

8 ways to improve safety when driving for work

A quarter of all road traffic accidents involve someone driving for work. And there are 5,000 accidents involving transport in the workplace each year, 1% of which are fatal.

Follow these tips to improve safety when driving for work

  1. Check the vehicle before you set off - for example, that seatbelts are functional and in good repair; mirrors are clean, clear and adjusted correctly; windscreen wipers are correctly positioned and functional and there is ample screenwash; the lights are functional and clean; tyres are properly inflated and have sufficient tread.
  2. Report any problems or faults immediately - and do not drive the vehicle until it has been checked.
  3. Make sure you have the necessary licence for the vehicle - for example, car, motorcycle, HGV, fork-lift truck, etc and are trained.
  4. Plan your journey - first, 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 - in adverse conditions, consider cancelling or postponing your journey, allowing more time for your journey, carrying winter emergency equipment (e.g. a spade, spare clothing/blanket, mobile phone, etc).
  6. Take regular breaks - 15 minutes rest is recommended for every two hours driving.
  7. Comply with all road traffic laws - for example, stick to the speed limits, wearing a seatbelt, not using your mobile phone when driving, not driving when under the influence of drink or drugs, and wearing glasses or contact lenses (if required) to satisfy vision requirements (reading a number plate from 20 metres).
  8. Tell your manager promptly about anything which may affect your ability to drive for work - such as health issues, penalties, accidents, etc.

Workplace Accidents Training Presentation

Want to learn more about Health & Safety?

If you'd like to stay up to date with health & safety best practices, industry insights and key trends across regulatory compliance, digital learning, EdTech and RegTech news, subscribe to the Skillcast Compliance Bulletin.

To help you navigate the compliance landscape we have collated searchable glossaries of key terms and definitions across complex topics including GDPR, Equality, Financial Crime and SMCR. We also regularly report key learnings from recent health & safety fines.

You can follow our ongoing YouGov research into compliance issues, attitudes and risk perceptions in the UK workplace through our Compliance Insights blogs.

And if you're looking for a compliance training solution, why not visit our Health & Safety Microlearning Course Library?.

Last but not least, we have 60+ free compliance training aids, including assessments, best practice guides, checklists, desk-aids, eBooks, games, handouts, posters, training presentations and even e-learning modules!

If you've any questions or concerns about compliance or e-learning, please get in touch.

We are happy to help!

Compliance Essentials

Our comprehensive off-the-shelf compliance solution of 30+ in-depth courses and dozens of microlearning modules helps companies from SMEs to global corporates to achieve compliance success.

Start a Free Trial

cta-banner-placeholder