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It’s the fleet manager’s worst nightmare: getting a call near the end of a long day explaining that one of the company’s vehicles has been involved in a serious crash. Most fleet managers prepare for it in some way; all of them hope that day never comes. Fleet managers hope and pray that not a single lorry or coach driver they employ will be involved in a serious crash, let alone cause one, but hoping and praying is not enough. Things happen.

According to HGV UK, the data show that road crashes are still a big problem here. In 2014 (the last year for which data is available), road crashes resulted in:

HGV UK further reports that almost 21,000 of the reported crashes involved commercial vehicles. Approximately 45% of the incidents in which commercial vehicles were involved occurred at intersections while 25% of the accidents were attributed solely to commercial drivers. Was a lorry or coach driver employed by your company involved in one of the accidents?

How to Make Safer Drivers

There is no way to prevent every single accident from happening. We live in an imperfect world where people make mistakes. However, companies operating fleets can take steps to make their drivers as safe as possible. Furthermore, they have an obligation to do so.

The HGV Training Centre believes in a three-tiered strategy to make the average lorry or coach driver safer. The strategy is as follows:

Making a safer lorry or coach driver is the responsibility of today’s modern fleets. It is a responsibility shared by everyone within the fleet structure, not just the driver sitting behind the wheel every day.

Sources:

  1. HGV UK – http://www.hgvuk.com/road-safety-needs-more-effective-dvsa-systems-says-rha/

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