If you want to reduce your insurance claims in winter, it pays to understand your drivers’ bad habits and work on their weaknesses. Using a tool like Gauntlet Driving Monitor, as well as looking at better risk management.
Bad habits are quickly identified by Gauntlet Driving Monitor – an online hazard perception and training tool that also delivers e-learning tailored to the needs of the individual driver and their weaknesses.
But it could be that other procedures, and a lack of controls, help make winter your worst enemy. Here, a Gauntlet fleet survey could help get you on the road to better risk control.
But whilst bearing this in mind, remember some of Gauntlet’s key winter driving tips:
- Don’t get caught out by flooding, as several coach drivers were last year. Listen to local radio stations and don’t foolishly take water on, in an attempt to complete a journey on time.
- If it’s icy, approach curves and intersections with caution. Also be aware of icy patches lurking beneath tree canopies and on bridges and overpasses and allow ten times more braking time.
- If foggy, don’t hang on to other vehicles’ tail lights. Don’t instantly speed up if one patch of fog lifts, as fog can drift dangerously.
- Always have a pair of sunglasses in the cab. Low winter sun can be a killer.
- Maintain at least half a tank of gas, to keep fuel lines from freezing.
- Check the tread on tyres is legal and tyres are inflated to the right pressure.
- Don’t drive with the heater on full – you could doze off at the wheel.
- Take care when getting in and out of your cab in icy conditions.
- Make sure that accidents don’t occur around the yard by creating a robust risk assessment and addressing any areas of safety concern.
- Ensure your yard does not become icy and slippy by having a supply of salt on hand.
Need more help winning the battle over winter? Call 0113 244 8686, email AndrewScott@GauntletGroup.com, or have a live chat at www.gauntlethealthandsafety.com
For further information on Gauntlet Driving Monitor, visit www.gauntlethealthandsafety.com