It’s that time of year again, when the rumours that we are in for the coldest winter in a century, a decade or even a millennium begin to fly around. This year, predictions have ranged from apocalyptic snowstorms to the hottest winter ever, thanks to the highest ever recorded November temperatures.
Nonetheless, we are all aware that winter is nearly here and the colder weather will bring its own set of challenges for the driver, who needs to be prepared for every eventuality.
Poor weather conditions adversely affect road conditions and generally mean that the number of vehicle breakdowns and accidents will more than double throughout the winter months. To prevent this unwanted downtime and cost it is vital to ensure your vehicle is properly equipped and prepared for the challenging winter conditions, and is checked to ensure any minor faults are corrected before they become more serious.
The obvious seasonal vehicle health checks such as checking tyre’s, fluid levels, battery, exhaust, brakes, shock absorbers, oil, lights, wipers and screen wash sound simple but this kind of safety inspection is a cost-effective way of preventing weather-related vehicle downtime. Check out the FTA’s HGV driving safety tips for snow and ice;http://www.fta.co.uk/policy_and_compliance/road/drivers/driving_safety_advice/snow_and_ice_driving_tips.html
Consider also including training in safe driving techniques as part of your Driver CPC obligation in the future – MEG Training Solutions offer various courses and training opportunities including SAFED (Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving), CANBUS.
Winter always places increased challenges for the safety of fleet vehicles. However, by following a few simple steps, it’s possible to help ensure that you and your employees enjoy a safe and productive season.