Christmas delivery rush, extra loads and winter storms can make for a very challenging and difficult winter for any business operating a fleet of vehicles.
Did you know….
Over 5 years there have been nearly 60 employees killed and 5,000 employees seriously injured in haulage and distribution. 23,000 employees suffered an injury that meant they had to take at least 3 days off work.
With shorter deadlines and higher demand on the run up to Christmas, it is crucial that as a business you are still able to protect your staff and the public as well as fulfilling the job at hand. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your valued staff safe this Christmas:
- Inspect your vehicle before travel – and record it!
- Keep your distance – Winter weather needs extra space between vehicles
- Plan your route – know an alternative route
- Give yourself enough time – are the deliveries practical with the given time?
- Severe weather – pull over!
- Be prepared – bring food supplies, warm clothes and blankets just in case
- Check twice – if visibility is poor, check, then check again
- Use your lights & signals – make yourself known to other road users & pedestrians
- Slow down – rushing is one of the main causes of road accidents. Take your time!
- Don’t get distracted – radio, phones, and keep food and refreshments for when you are safely stationary
By Leah Kendall – Account Executive