6 Oct 2014

Winter driving – How to stay on the Road

Good to Go Vehicle Checks

More than 90% of crashes on the road are due to human error such as; drivers taking risks, speeding, driving impaired by alcohol and drugs, talking on phones, reading or sending email and texts etc.

Shocking as these statistics are, it becomes a different matter when fatalities are caused due to vehicle negligence. The popularity of fleet vehicles and company cars is ever increasing on the road, and with employers bound by a legal duty to ensure the safety of their staff whilst at work, this incorporates their vehicles as a workplace.

With an estimated 220 serious injuries and 20 deaths reported every week involving people at work on the road in the UK, the need to ensure that vehicles are in good working order cannot be ignored.

Good to Go Safety believe that inspecting business vehicles should be a mandatory protocol to ensure that they are in safe condition before being driven. We believe that completing comprehensive pre-use checks could and would save lives.

Vehicle failures can play a major role in an accident: The brakes fail, a tyre blows out, vision is obscured due to lack of screen wash or faulty wipers - and suddenly even the safest driver can be in a life-or-death situation. As we enter the winter months, it seems almost inevitable that we will see someone driving one handed with their head out of the window trying to squeeze a bottle of water over their filthy windscreen.

Driving is risky enough (refer to the 90% in the opening paragraph) without having to worry about a vehicle failure. That’s why pre-use safety inspections are a vital part of any fleet management system.

The Good to Go Safety checklist encourages regular pre-drive safety checks to be carried out in line with best practice guidelines by ROSPA and the DfT (Department for Transport). It provides documented evidence that a fleet safety policy is in operation, and valuable evidence of the vehicle’s condition and maintenance programme in the event of an accident.

In addition to devastating human loss, car crashes present a significant cost in lost wages and productivity, medical & administrative expenses, employer costs and property damage.

Recent changes in legislation mean that employers failing to carry out their duty of care could lead to criminal prosecutions against them under the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2008 if an employee dies in a work-related road-traffic accident.

Given what’s on the line, asking employees to conduct pre-use checks before using vehicles for work is a smart and responsible policy to enforce. With Good to Go Safety’s easy-to-use walk-through checklist it only takes a short time to ensure that a vehicle is safe to operate. Not only will it provide protection for the company and driver, but it also reinforces a strong safety awareness message at management level.

By spotting potential problems early you can deal with them before they develop into a costly accident.

For more information about the Good to Go Safety inspection systems you can visit their website at www.goodtogosafety.co.uk

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