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