Research conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) recently showed that people who drive for work are up to 30 percent more likely to be involved in a collision than private driver. The writing is on the wall for fleet owners and now more than ever they need to be aware of their responsibilities in regard to driver safety.
While the sad truth is that accidents happen, but there are a variety of ways you can put preventative measures in place to ensure that the road is a safer place for your drivers as well as everyone else.
Driving Licence Checks
Despite coming into effect over a year ago, people are still struggling to get to grips with the abolition of the paper counterpart of the driving licence. Checking licences has become slightly trickier as a result of the changes but as an employer the responsibility is on you to have processes in place to check that your staff are clear to legally drive your fleet vehicles.
The DVLA’s Share Driving Licence service is free to access and allows the licence holder to download a summary of their driving licence record so it’s a good idea to encourage them to do this on your behalf for your records.
Driver Assessment and Training
Just because your driver can provide proof of their legal ability to drive and a clean licence, it’s doesn’t mean they’re the most alert or responsive person on the road. Praxis42 offer driver awareness and driver assessment courses which aim to help employees become more aware of their responsibilities while driving on behalf of their employer as well as remind them of some of the important aspects of road safety. This helps reinforce safe and responsible driving behaviour and identifies any poor driving habits that employees may have developed.
Keep Up To Date
Laws and legislation around road safety are constantly changing which means it’s important that your fleet drivers are constantly up to date. Driver handbooks can be a great way to give them points of reference or legal requirements around when they need to have a break from driving, payload limits on their vehicles, and requirements for driving abroad.
Ensure Your Fleet Is Well Maintained
If you hire your fleet vehicles, compliance checks and maintenance are regularly handled by your hire company which takes a load of responsibility off your shoulders. If you own your fleet, treat them like your personal vehicles – that means regular MOTs and ensuring they maintain a full service history. Don’t just leave the onus on these checks though – you should endeavour to regularly check tyres, brakes and fluids of the vehicles to keep them running safely in-between.
While your drivers are effectively out of your control once they’re on the road and can be faced with a variety of challenging situations, influencing their approach to driving and correcting any concerns and issues via driver assessment and driver training can be a positive step towards keeping your drivers, your fleet, and your business safe.