8 Festive Period Travel Tips for Employees

8 Festive Period Travel Tips for Employees

Statistics show that drivers are 20 percent more likely to be involved in an accident at this time of the year. So, with this in mind, we’ve put together this actionable list of festive period travel tips for employees.

Fleet managers up and down the country will be all too aware of the increase in road traffic accidents during the winter months. In fact, statistics show that drivers are 20 percent more likely to be involved in an accident at this time of the year. This, plus the fact that in the US, 25 percent of work-related deaths were due to traffic accidents, illustrates the importance of properly educating all drivers in the workplace. So, with this in mind, we’ve put together this actionable list of festive period travel tips for employees.

Carry out Vehicle Checks

In addition to ensuring all company vehicles are regularly serviced, it’s a good idea to conduct frequent in-house checks, especially during the colder months. These should ideally be carried out by fleet managers as much as possible; however, if this is not an option, all drivers should be educated on what to check and how. Your checklist should include:

  • Tyres—pressure and tread depth. Winter tyres might need to be provided in some cases
  • Windscreen—there should be plenty of screenwash, and wipers must be in good working order
  • Antifreeze—in very cold weather, antifreeze should be added to the vehicle’s cooling system
  • Lights—make sure all lights, including fog lights, have working bulbs
  • Brakes—check brakes work properly and that there is enough brake fluid
  • Oil—check the oil level to make sure there is plenty

Check the Routes

Employees should be told to check their driving routes, especially during winter. At this time of year road closures and slow traffic is more likely, and familiar routes may no longer be the best ones. Before embarking on a journey, and on journey breaks, drivers should seek live traffic information in order to best plan their drive.

Check the Weather Ahead

Long distance drivers in particular should be encouraged to get into the practice of checking the weather ahead. Those who drive cross-country will likely encounter diverse weather conditions, with some areas being prone to flooding and others known for heavy snowfall and icy roads.

Keep an Emergency Kit in the Vehicle

All company vehicles should be stocked with an emergency kit full of items that will be useful in the event of an incident, break down, or being stuck. Ideas for what to include are:

  • A Hi-Vis
  • Emergency warning triangle
  • First Aid kit
  • Road map
  • Blanket
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Jump lead
  • Shovel
  • Snacks and water

Practice Patience

Fleet managers should reiterate the importance of taking extra care while driving in poor weather conditions. This includes the need to be patient with other drivers and travel at a slower pace in general. Stopping distances in bad weather can be up to 10 times longer than normal, so it’s imperative that drivers keep plenty of space between themselves and the vehicle ahead.

Having said this, in the event of a blizzard, drivers should try to maintain visibility of the next vehicle—even if it’s just their lights—in order to keep to the road.

Avoid Alcohol

It’s likely that the company policy will already stipulate rules surrounding alcohol; however, this is worth reiterating at this time of year. Christmas party season always sees an increase in drink-driving convictions, and according to the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drink-drivers are involved in 40 percent of all traffic deaths over Christmas and New Year’s. Fleet managers should use this opportunity to remind drivers about the dangers of drink-driving, and the effect such an action could have both on their physical safety and the safety of their job.

Winter Driving Training

In companies where drivers must regularly travel in poor conditions, or there is any driving in extreme weather, it’s worth conducting comprehensive winter driving training. In addition to the aforementioned tips, there are practical driving courses that can be taken across the country in which drivers can learn how to deal with real situations.

Implement a Personal Safety Policy

Good practice dictates that companies with a fleet should put a policy in place which details not only how to keep safe while driving, but also what to do in the event of an incident. Safety is paramount, so if an incident occurs, drivers should stop, turn off the engine, and turn on their hazard flashers.

If there are injuries or the road is blocked, emergency services should be contacted immediately. A workplace driving safety policy should also inform employees of how to report the incident to the Fleet Manager, and/or their immediate Line Manager. Make the process clear, and provide any phone numbers that drivers might need on a card in each vehicle (insurance company number, recovery company number, and the Fleet Manager’s number).

It’s important for workplaces to offer drivers all the tools they need to travel safely, from knowledge and understanding to tangible equipment. Fleet Managers have a responsibility to make sure that their team is well-aware of the challenges that could come with driving in bad weather, and to provide all the relevant training to help them avoid problems.

The article was produced in collaboration with Keith Michaels, market leader in specialist and modified car insurance with over 25 years’ experience.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Incident investigation guide

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Levels of a Risk Matrix

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark FR Quiz

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - July August 2020

    July August 2020

    Featuring:

    • CONFINED SPACES
      Addressing Confined Spaces and Heat Stress Concerns
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      Why Daily Wear FR Garments Make Sense No Matter the Season
    • HAND PROTECTION
      The Magic of New Technology
    • CHEMICAL SAFETY
      Why Effective Chemical Safety Training is More Important Than Ever
    View This Issue