Know your vehicle
Before you set off, perform routine vehicle safety checks on your tyres, wheel fixings and lights. Report any faults immediately. Make sure you know how to:
- Adjust head restraints, seat belts and other safety equipment
- Ensure your safety if the vehicle breaks down, including the use of high-visibility jackets and safety warning triangles, for example
- Avoid bridge strikes by knowing your vehicle’s height both empty and loaded
Driving at work and fatigue
Avoid causing motoring accidents through fatigue by making sure that:
- You are well rested, fit and healthy before your trip; do not take medication contra-indicating use of machinery
- Your journey is planned to include rest breaks; a minimum of 15 minutes every two hours, and, if necessary, an overnight stop
- Avoid driving between 02:00hrs and 06:00hrs
- Take extra care when driving between 14:00hrs and 16:00hrs, especially after eating a meal
If you start feeling sleepy, stop in a safe place, have a caffeine-containing drink and take a brief nap.
Drink-driving is not only illegal, it can also kill, so do not drink alcohol before or during your journey.
Do not use a hand-held mobile or other on-board communication system while driving to prevent lack of attention causing a traffic accident. Be aware of the fact that even hands-free phones can significantly affect your concentration.
Speed kills. Do not exceed speed limits and, if necessary, adjust your speed to suit road and weather conditions.
In short, five ways in which you can minimise your risk of being involved in a vehicle collision while driving at work are:
- Know your vehicle
- Avoid fatigue
- Do not drink and drive
- Do not use a mobile while driving
- Watch your speed
Your employer should help you prevent accidents when driving at work by:
- Providing you with all necessary training and information
- Maintaining your vehicle properly
- Ensuring your routes are planned to give you the necessary rest breaks
Claiming compensation for work accidents
If you suffer an injury while driving and your employer or another driver is responsible for your accident, you could be entitled to claim for work injury or driver injury compensation.
Get more information on when and how to claim by giving our Accident Advice Helpline team a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, today.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice