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22 people die in horrific crash in KZN! Use these methods to promote safety on the roads for your company drivers

by , 06 September 2013
At least 22 people have died in a horrific accident in Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. This after a truck crashed into four minibus taxis and a car last night. KZN authorities say the Pinetown accident occurred when the brakes allegedly failed on the truck. The driver of the truck has been arrested. He faces charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving. As an investigation into the crash gets under way, you can use these methods to promote safety on the roads if you employ company drivers.

South Africa has one of the highest motor vehicle accident (MVA) rates in the world.

Last night's crash in KwaZulu-Natal crash is just proof of that.

If you employ company drivers, you need to make sure road safety is your priority.

Here are effective methods you can use to ensure your drivers are safe on the roads

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 have the following items (as a minimum):

  • Is the car properly licensed?
  • Is the car on a service maintenance plan?
  • Does the service maintenance plan include lube services and full services?
  • 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?
  • Do you do a trend analysis on fuel consumption versus kilometers travelled?
  • 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 know how the car tracking system works?
  • Do you know where the panic button is situated?
  • 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?

#2: The driver's control of the vehicle: You can influence how well your driver controls the car by training them to improve their awareness and driving skills.

Although your driver has a license, it doesn't mean he uses his driving skills in a way that promotes safety on the roads.

So consider sending your driver for advanced training in driving safety. The advanced training must be provided by an approved registered instructor and should include (as a minimum) the following training:

  • Obstacle avoidance driving
  • Wet conditions (wet roads)
  • Misty conditions
  • Dawn and dusk driving
  • Driving on rough roads (gravel and sand)
  • Driving on roads that are in bad conditions (potholes etc.)
  • Driving on road under construction
  • Sudden braking

#3: 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 two 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 like the one that took place yesterday in Pinetown.


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