There are many jobs that may require employees to drive between sites or use company vehicles. This is especially true of certain lone worker roles. Driving, however, can be a risky activity, and driving as part of a job can increase these dangers. As such, driver safety is crucial. Here are some tips to help employees stay safe when driving.
Sometimes driver safety can be improved before an employee even gets into the car. Perhaps one of the most important things is to ensure the employee is well-rested and alert. Fatigue is a significant contributor to road crashes, with 1 in 8 drivers admitting to falling asleep at the wheel.
If an employee is not well-rested, it is advised to consider alternative means of transport. Could a taxi be utilised to transport them to the worksite? Is there a colleague who could drive instead?
Vehicles should also be carefully maintained to ensure they are safe to use. Driver safety is often linked to the condition of the vehicle they are using.
Of course, there are also measure that can be taken to improve driver safety while travelling. Often, these measures may seem obvious, but it is crucial that drivers adhere to road safety guidance.
Despite seatbelts being a legal requirement, many of us still refuse to wear them. However, seatbelts can make all the difference if you do experience a road accident. Refusal to wear a seatbelt may also lead to drivers being pulled over by the police, which could impact the employer or cause an employee to lose their job.
This driver safety tip is especially important if you drive long distances. Lorry drivers, for example, are required to travel for hours at a time, which can have an impact on fatigue and health. Employees should stop every couple of hours to stretch their legs and rehydrate without also having to focus on the road.
When driving, it is crucial that your focus be on the road ahead. Do not be tempted to fiddle with your phone or take a bite from your sandwich while driving. If you have an incoming call from your employer, put driver safety first and pull over to answer it.
Consider Road Conditions
Just because you can drive at fifty miles per hour doesn’t mean you should. Be mindful of road conditions. Lower your speed if the roads are wet and remember that country roads are often characterised by blind corners.
Often you will not be the only employee using company vehicles. As such, it is incredibly important that any faults in the vehicle be reported immediately. This allows the employer to perform repairs and maintenance on vehicles between jobs.
It may also be beneficial for you to report unsafe routes to your colleagues so that they know to avoid them.
Lone Alarms for Lone Workers
One way to guarantee not only driver safety but the safety of all lone workers is to equip them with lone alarms. These handy devices allow employees to call for help at the simple press of a button. They also come fitted with GPS locators and fall detectors for extra peace of mind.
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