As a fleet owner it is important you consider the health and wellbeing of your drivers as a priority when it comes to safety at work. It is important to ensure your drivers and employees are aware of the many ways in which they can keep a check on their own health and wellbeing whilst at work.
In terms of safety on the road, it is essential drivers are completing daily walk round checks to ensure their vehicle is road safe. Making sure everything is in working order ensures their safety also.
In 20% of all road collisions, tiredness has played a role, which is why it essential drivers get enough rest before setting off on any journey.
Driving conditions can be made much worse by adverse weather conditions such as rain, fog, freezing temperatures, high winds and bright sunshine. These weather conditions not only impact the safety of your drivers but also other road users.
Loading activities, including manual handling and working in loading bays, tend to be hazardous activities for drivers in general. It is important they focus on safety at all times.
It is essential that drivers take proper care when it comes to speeding and speed limits. Travelling too fast for the specific road conditions is a contributing factor to more than 28% of the fatal crashes in the UK, according to the police.
According to a Brake and Direct Line survey, 71% of drivers surveyed had lost concentration on the road within the last 12 months as a result of stress or annoyance.
No matter how many precautions are taken, unfortunately breakdowns and accidents may still occur. It is important in these situations that drivers remain calm and don’t put themselves in any more danger, such as to move the vehicle.
Driver health is vital to their safety and wellbeing. They should ensure they have a balanced diet and limit fast food in order to stay healthy, as well as stay hydrated with plenty of water and keeping active where possible. Where possible they should be encouraged to get out and have a walk to get some fresh air.
In addition, they should be encouraged to get regular eye tests as road crashes with drivers who have poor eyesight are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties per year.
As drivers can often be trucking a valuable load, they tend to be at risk of theft or personal attack. It is essential therefore that they always remove the keys and lock the doors of their vehicle when leaving it.
They should also ensure they have planned their route ahead and keep documentation out of view. In addition, they should stay clear of dark or unlit places when parking; they should utilise a secure location where possible.
Professional drivers have been identified as being a high-risk group when it comes to experiencing mental health problems. It is important as an employer that mental health wellbeing is promoted in the workplace just as readily as physical health. Drivers should be encouraged to talk about their mental health and prioritise their wellbeing, especially on the road. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year in the UK, so it is essential that this is a conversation we all have.
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