Brake, the road safety charity, has published an advice sheet for drivers on staying safe in bad weather.
The resource, sponsored by Arco, is available for fleet managers to distribute to their drivers through the charity's Fleet Safety Forum.
Adverse weather conditions can make driving much more dangerous. At this time of year it's vital that companies employing drivers take extra steps to manage the risks and remind drivers of the dangers. Stopping distances double in the wet and can increase tenfold in ice and snow. Fog or dazzling, low sun can severely harm visibility, preventing drivers from reacting to hazards. Flooding and strong winds can make even familiar roads treacherous.
Brake calls organisations to ensure their drivers follow the A, B, C of staying safe in bad weather conditions:
The Fleet Safety Forum is a low cost, not-for-profit subscription service, run by road safety charity Brake. It supports fleet managers in reducing the human and financial costs associated with road crashes involving at-work drivers. Annual subscription costs between £50 and £155 +VAT. Subscribers get access to advice, guidance and other resources to help them improve road safety from within their organisation. Find out more and subscribe online atwww.fleetsafetyforum.org.
Laura Woods, research and information officer at Brake, says: "Driving can be risky even in good conditions, and in bad weather it can become very dangerous. I urge fleet managers to remind their drivers of the risks particularly at this time of year. This advice sheet is a useful, concise resource to help managers ensure their drivers know how to prepare for and avoid the risks associated with bad weather."
Thomas Martin and Neil Jowsey, Joint Managing Directors at Arco, said: "With the winter weather on its way, we're encouraging drivers to be prepared for the challenging weather. This can mean taking simple preventative steps such as properly clearing icy or snowy windscreens so the road is fully visible, fully removing snow from vehicles and wearing sunglasses to protect against low sun glare. We welcome this advice sheet as a valuable resource to help fleet managers ensure their drivers stay safe this winter."