As we are currently in Brake Road Safety Week 2014 (http://www.brake.org.uk/) we thought we would take a look at road safety.
The Road Safety Department produces a vast array of advice and information on all areas of road safety and accident prevention and here at Central we regularly check to ensure all our drivers are up to date with this information.
Road safety directly involves all road users – virtually the entire population of the UK. It is a complex issue encompassing a diverse range of problems and solutions. Roads are the most dangerous environment in which the majority of people will ever operate, yet they feel relatively safe and society accepts a higher casualty rate than for other forms of transport or environment.
From a young age teachers play a vital role in delivering road safety education to children and young people. Parents and carers also have a crucial role to play in their children’s road safety education and training, one which can be both positive and negative depending upon parental attitudes to road safety but once we have passed our driving tests how many people regularly check road safety advice and the important Highway Code.
According to Road Accidents Great Britain (RAGB), most collisions occur due to a combination of factors. About two-thirds of killed and seriously injured accidents occur in built-up areas, i.e. on roads subject to speed limits up to and including 40mph, but over half of fatal collisions occur on non-built up roads. One quarter of all crashes occur in the dark as do over a third of fatal accidents. One third of all collisions occur on wet roads. Pedestrians make up almost a quarter of road user fatalities. One in seven of those killed in road collisions are children or adolescents. Over half of recorded deaths and serious injuries are amongst car occupants. The risk (per kilometre travelled) of being a casualty in urban areas is highest for riders of powered two-wheeled vehicles and pedal cyclists.
Road safety is also a major concern for adults and we believe all companies should have policies to protect their staff and others from dangers on the road. The approach to training and education for adults presents a different challenge. Unlike schoolchildren, they are not a captive audience. Adults will have established their own ideas on road use techniques and may have greater difficulty in adopting new behaviour patterns. However with the high number of deaths and serious injuries every year on our roads, we as adults do need more regular road training.
The extent and nature of road safety programmes within each company will depend upon the availability of finance, staff, facilities and time. Limited budgets may place restrictions on the programmes road safety managers are able to implement. Managers should also be aware of the many roles and responsibilities of their team members, which may limit the amount of staff time available for planning, implementing and evaluating programmes. However, it may be possible to supplement budgets with commercial sponsorship, EU or Government funding for specific projects.
If road safety courses are not on the priority lists for you and your drivers there are ways in which Central Self Drive can help.
We have recently introduced vehicle tracking as an optional extra on your hire. You may be thinking how can a tracking device help with road safety, well it can:
- Identify non-efficient drivers and address training needs
- Improve safety with vehicle speed monitoring
- Reduce running costs and risks with private and business mileage identifier
- Monitor unauthorised usage
- Reduce the risk of driver accidents
- Protect your company image and reputation
Improved driver behaviour reduces risk and drives down costs, helping you to help make our roads safer, increase productivity and keep your business moving safely.
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT
Vehicle maintenance is an essential part of road safety and keeping your vehicle in good condition could save yourself from serious injury. This is why we offer a full vehicle maintenance and management package when hiring from us. There are also things which we all need to do regularly to keep yourself and other road users safe such as, checking your tyres, lights, brakes, steering and seatbelts regularly throughout the year, particularly when the nights begin to draw in and when road conditions are poor. Following these simple checks needn’t take long, but could just safe your life – or an expensive bill after a collision.
DRIVER TRAINING MANAGEMENT & BEHAVIOUR
At Central we believe Driver training is an essential part of fleet management. Developing and educating your drivers will not only increase their awareness but also reduce accidents and cut costs whilst improving vehicle efficiency. You can count on our vast experience to help with the needs of your development.
- Driving licence checks
- Mileage reports
- Damage control
- Basic Driving training
- Health and safety
- Driver and company vehicle policy
- Walk around checks & default reporting
So if you would like to know more about Central Self Drive’s Fleet Management Solutions, please visit – https://www.centralselfdrive.co.uk/fleet-management.html
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