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Another horrific truck accident on our roads... Don't let it be one of your trucks or drivers!

by , 04 April 2016
Does your blood run cold when you hear of another truck accident on our roads?

Is the first thought to cross your mind...'please let it not be one of mine?'

Because you know if it is, you're looking at your driver potentially being arrested, facing charges or not returning to work. Not to even mention the cost of the damages to your truck and insurance premium hikes.

And in a country with the highest motor vehicle accident (MVA) rates in the world, this is the reality you face daily.

But it's not all doom and gloom... There are ways you can promote safety on the roads with your company drivers. And today, I'm going to tell you just how to do it...

Use these 2 methods to promote safety on the roads for your company drivers.

There Health&Safety Advisor says that there are certain important parts to safety on the roads. They include:

#1: The vehicle: You must always ensure your company's vehicles are in a roadworthy condition.

Using a checklist is the best way to do this. Your checklists should at least have these items:

  • Was the car serviced as per the maintenance plan? Is a history of vehicle performance, servicing and repair maintained?
  • Does the car get checked weekly for tire pressure, oil usage and water usage?
  • Does the car get cleaned and inspected regularly?
  • Does the driver do a daily inspection of the vehicle before using it?
  • Does the driver have an inspection checklist to complete each day?
  • Is the driver instructed to report any problems/deviations when inspecting the vehicle?
  • Are problems and deviations that could threaten safety resolved before the vehicle may be used?

You must also ensure your driver completes this daily inspection checklist before using a company car:

  • Do you have the logbook, keys, parking access control card, petrol card, pen and accident report forms?
  • Do you have the cell phone number of your company's Transport Manager and Health and Safety Officer?
  • Do you know the route to your destination?
  • Is there enough fuel in the car?
  • Are the tyres inflated?
  • Do the lights and indicators work?
  • Is the spare wheel in its place?
  • Is the fire extinguisher in its place and do you know how to use it?
Read on for another way to promote safety with your drivers

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#2: The driver's ability to obey the rules of the road: You know that your driver has a licence to drive the company vehicle, but how well does he obey the rules of the road? How often does he get caught for speeding? How often does he get tickets for going through a stop street or for going through a red robot? How well does he know the rules of the road?

Luckily, there are 2 ways of checking these issues.

The first is follow your driver at various intervals and watch how he drives and whether he obeys road traffic signs. To discuss problems with your worker, you need to write a report on what you have observed. Remember, your driver mustn't' be aware you're doing these observations as it defeats the purpose.

The second is to install software into the car that'll give you a printout of everything you need to know.

The software must be able to:

  • Provide you with mileage and fuel usage;
  • Driving skills and techniques of the operator, such as harsh braking and fast acceleration;
  • Where the car was driven to and for how long;
  • Whether speed limits were obeyed or not.

Keep in mind that this software is very expensive. Unless it can tell you whether the driver is following the traffic rules, it doesn't have much of an impact on what you want to achieve.

Take these measures today to help reduce the risk of accidents.

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