Winter weather driving

When you work in a high risk environment you might be surprised to realise one of the riskiest elements of your role could be driving. One third of all traffic accidents in the UK involve someone who is at work at the time. In fact the risk of dying in a road collision while driving for business reasons is greater than the risk of dying as a result of all other workplace accidents[1].



 

As we approach winter, driving conditions can become unpredictable. The limited amount of daylight can make it harder to spot hazardous conditions such as dark ice further increasing the risk.

To ensure that you and your employees are safe drivers this winter, follow these tips:

  • Have all your vehicles serviced. Before it gets too cold, take your vehicles to a garage to have the battery, tyre treads and wiper blades inspected.
  • Make sure each vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency kit. This could include a torch with spare batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and non-perishable food and a first aid kit
  • Monitor weather reports so you can be prepared for adverse weather.
  • Provide your drivers with winter driving training. Driving in winter weather requires your drivers to adjust certain rules of the road including reducing their speed, doubling the standard following distance and keeping their headlights turned on—even during the day.

Unfortunately even with the best planning accidents can still happen. Make sure you have the right insurance to protect your business and employees. If you would like a free review of your insurance to make sure you are covered get in touch.

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Source: Zywave

 

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[1] http://www.roadsafetyobservatory.com/KeyFacts/drivers/driving-for-work