How to Improve Vehicle Safety

As a business it’s important the safety of your vehicles is second to none, and this means regular checks, training and choosing only the highest quality motors for your fleet. But there are always improvements that can be made and if you have been looking to upgrade your vehicle safety here are few ways you can do this:

Install safety technology or choose vehicles with this already installed

Many vehicles now come with safety technology installed as standard, from Ford vans with parking sensors to HGVs featuring 360° cameras to prevent accidents while navigating the roads. However, if you are working with older models you can have this sort of tech installed. You could also consider installing a dashboard camera for those employees who are out on the road regularly, to avoid legal implications should they have an accident.

Service and check vehicles regularly

It’s important you check your vehicles over regularly to ensure they are in good working order before they are taken out on the road. Put them in for a service every year and complete regular spot checks looking for bald tyres and low pressure, oil levels and washer fluid.

Train staff

Staff need to understand the importance of safety when behind the wheel of one of your business vehicles, whether it’s a typical company car they’re about to drive to a client meeting or a forklift they intend to manoeuvre around the business site. Ensure they also have the right licenses and qualifications to drive certain vehicles; a HGV driver, for example, must undergo rigorous training to enjoy the responsibility of driving one of the huge lorries we see on the road.

It’s also important you check the license history of those you are permitting to drive. Someone who has nine points on their license for dangerous driving or speeding probably isn’t someone you can trust behind the wheel of one of your fleet vehicles.

Plan safe routes for drivers

It’s important you protect your drivers if they are conducting deliveries, therefore certain areas of town may need to be avoided at certain times of the day if they have high crime rates. It’s also important you don’t send drivers on routes they feel uncomfortable driving, whether it’s a relatively young new driver sent on a three-hour drive to Manchester or a newly qualified HGV driver out on their own.

Understand that your employees are only human and support them until they feel confident, it makes all the difference as those anxious about driving are more likely to make mistakes and potentially end up in an accident. You should also ensure you don’t expect drivers to be out on the roads for long periods. Tiredness kills when behind the wheel so they must be allowed to stop and rest regularly without worrying about meeting unnecessarily strict deadlines.

Enforce driving policies

It’s important those behind the wheel understand what they can and can’t do when out on the road in a fleet vehicle. This includes implementing rules regarding issues such as seatbelt use (i.e. they must be worn), drug and alcohol consumption and smoking while driving. You should have your employees sign an agreement to acknowledge they understand the implications if they are caught breaking any of these rules. It could save lives and will improve the safety of your staff and vehicles.

With all of these tactics in place your vehicle safety and the safety of those navigating the roads should be significantly improved. It’s important you stay on top of these issues to ensure nothing slips and that your fleet is managed in a professional and safe manner.

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