According to the Department for Transport, more than 1,700 fatalities and 25,000 serious injuries resulted from road traffic accidents across Great Britain this past year.
As part of your daily job duties, you may be required to operate a vehicle on company time. In order to protect yourself and those you share the road with, it’s important to make road safety propriety and keep in mind the following tips:
- Wear a seat belt whenever you operate a motor vehicle. Ensure any passengers you are transporting are buckled up as well.
- Avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Ensure you are well rested before getting behind the wheel. When you drive fatigued, the chances of becoming distracted and getting into an accident increase.
- Avoid adjusting the radio or using a mobile phone whenever you drive. Focus on driving, and do not let anything divert your attention. While you drive, actively scan the road, using your mirrors to watch out for other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
- Practise defensive driving. Increase following distances to give yourself more time to react to slowing traffic and other hazards. Avoid aggressive driving and be courteous to other drivers.
- Keep all lights, mirrors and windows clean to give yourself the clearest possible view of surrounding traffic.
Above all, to remain safe on the road, it’s important to follow ’s policies related to the use of motor vehicles.