Safe Driving Tips

Safe Driving Tips

SOBER UP : Drive sober, not impaired by any alcohol, illegal drugs, or medication that can affect driving.
WAKE UP: Drive alert.  Have enough sleep, take regular breaks and stop if feeling tired.
BUCK UP: Drive with good eyesight and not stressed or physically ill.

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Fleet Safety
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 07:43

This guide applies to any employer, manager or supervisor with staff who drive, or ride a motorcycle or bicycle at work, and in particularly those with responsibility for fleet management. It also applies to self-employed people.  Many incidents happen due to inattention and distraction as well as failure to observe the Highway Code.1 You need to consider what steps you should take to ensure that your employees use the road as safely as possible

Benefits of Managing Work Related Road Safety
The true costs of accidents to organisations are nearly always higher than just the costs of repairs and insurance claims. The consequences of an accident on the self-employed and small businesses are likely to be proportionately greater than on a larger business with greater resources. The benefits to you from managing work-related road safety can be considerable, no matter the size of your business.

Case studies and research have shown that benefits from managing work-related road safety and reducing crashes include: -fewer days lost due to injury; -reduced risk of work-related ill health; -reduced stress and improved morale; -less need for investigation and paperwork; -less lost time due to work rescheduling; -fewer vehicles off the road for repair; -reduced running costs through better driving standards; -fewer missed orders and business opportunities so reduced risk of losing the goodwill of customers;

Promoting sound health and safety driving practices and a good safety culture at work may well spill over into private driving, which could reduce the chances of staff being injured in a crash outside work.

Policy - the essential elements
Employers have a responsibility for employees who drive whilst at work. The following 10 essential elements is a guide to assist companies to meet this duty of care

Management policy
1. Assign a senior manager with specific responsibility for managing driving at work.
2. Incorporate a driving for work policy within existing Health and Safety policy.
3. Routinely undertake, record and act on the findings of risk assessments dealing with all aspects of driving at work including driver safety, vehicle safety and journey planning.
4. Ensure that every incident involving any vehicle driven on behalf of the company/Sacco is recorded and that collective information is regularly analysed and action taken to reduce recurrence.

Driver safety
5. Provide a driver's handbook that includes road safety guidance and sets out individual driver responsibilities, in support of the company's policies and procedures, e.g. what to do in the event of an incident.
6. Ensure that all employees driving on behalf of the company are initially vetted, inducted and regularly assessed, to establish that they are properly licensed, competent, suitably trained and medically fit to do so.

Vehicle safety
7. Ensure that when choosing vehicles to be used on behalf of the company, that they are entirely suitable for their intended purpose and that utmost importance is placed on safety features.
8. Ensure that all vehicles used on behalf of the company are regularly inspected and strictly maintained using the manufacturer's recommended service schedules (and if applicable, in accordance with Operator licence requirements).

Journey planning
9. Check whether a road journey is really necessary - and encourage the use of alternative modes of communication/transport where this is practical.
10. Ensure that necessary journeys are scheduled to a realistic timetable and are planned to take into account the essential need for adequate rest periods.