It is a scenario many drivers will be familiar with checking mirrors and surroundings before reversing into space or beginning a lane change only to find another vehicle or pedestrian appears behind or alongside – seemingly out of nowhere.
As the weather warms up, there will be plenty more lurid, Lycra-clad cyclists or huge family groups out and about, and it is vital to stay alert and pay attention to your blind spots when driving during summer.
Under the new Highway Code, a hierarchy of road users now places those who can do the greatest harm with the greatest responsibility to reduce danger to others. As an operator, you can expect to be accountable if your driver has a collision with a Vulnerable Road User. This accident can lead to prosecution by the Police. If found guilty, it means a hearing with the Traffic Commissioner. The business and the Transport Manager may be called to a hearing if the Traffic Commissioner believes the collision is due to a lack of good training in the new Highway Code Rules.
FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS offers our partner associations Free Online Highway Code Learning. Once you register, the free 20-minute Toolbox Talks will be sent directly to your drivers’ mobiles, and they can review it at a time of their choosing.
Even the best drivers can have difficulties reversing and managing their vehicles to reduce the risk of collisions. Training is crucial to show a driver the actual size of their blind spot using a walking test in a safe off-road location to show how large and where the blind spots are.
Fitting vehicles with mirrors to assist drivers with their reversing manoeuvring. There are options to help drivers, such as reversing sensors and reversing cameras besides the reversing marker.
Dashcams technologies are another valuable tool to exonerate blame when involved in an accident, saving the company time and money. We can also offer our partner associations a solution with Fleetloc8 360° multi-camera system.
With up to eight cameras recording footage, it provides a live 360° live view around your vehicle, reporting on data on the driver’s performance, including harsh acceleration, harsh braking, and extreme cornering. FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS have many affordable tracking and camera options that can be tailored to your business.
Whether you have one or thousands of vehicles on the road, we can help reduce your running costs with discounted branded and tailored diesel, petrol, electric and pre-paid fuel cards, telematics tracking, dashcams, improving driver training and business insurance solutions. Get in touch here ─ we look forward to becoming your ‘trusted partner’.