A business running company cars or even a fleet of cars, has a complex task of ensuring that the cars are safe for their drivers and that the cars are reliable. Also, it’s a really good idea to make sure that your staff understand the basics of road safety. When business car leasing, consider the following.
Obviously much of it will appear common sense, but in fact none of it is and it all has to be learned. Do not assume that your staff know everything that you do.
As crazy as it may seem, the police reckon that up to 15% of drivers avoid wearing seat belts when they can. Bear in mind that all the safety that is normal in a modern car, such as multi-airbags is bypassed by not fastening your seat belt.
Take five minutes to position yourself correctly in your seat, this will give you maximum protection from any air-bag inflation and it will also protect you from whiplash in the event of an accident.
Always drive defensively and leave a suitable, may two seconds, gap between yourself and the car in front. You cant stop people crashing but you can avoid being in the pile-up. In wet weather and especially in ice and snow, slow down, leave a bigger gap and consider winter tyres. Near schools, stick to 20mph, children will do the unexpected.
Never under any circumstances exceed the speed limit. They are a limit and not an obligation.
Take a brake if you are tired, a lack of concentration can kill. Consider taking a break of 15 minutes for each 2 hours driving that you do.
Unless you have a headset or Bluetooth, switch off your phone. If you need to have a conversation, stop and have it, don’t keep going.
Drink driving incidents are increasing, this is not a reflection of policing but incidents. Never drink and drive no matter what amount your have drunk and plan ahead if you are driving in the morning.
The modern driving test and motorcycle test includes includes a hazard perception test. This is a series of videos that teach a young driver to look out for problems in a certain situation and more particularly learn to think about pedestrians and bikes/motorcycles. This would be a good training for all current drivers.
Finally, look after your car , check oil and water weekly, check your tyre depths and washer bottle levels regularly as well.