Jason Francis, managing director of Jaama, says gearing up for winter motoring should be written into corporate at-work driving health and safety policies and driver handbooks as an essential part of a driver’s responsibility. ‘When handing out the policies drivers should be asked to sign a declaration that they have read and understood them so that the onus is on staff to ensure that their vehicles are safe for driving on business in the winter months. Many drivers are caught out by the onset of winter driving conditions and that is due to complacency in many cases.
‘By analysing driver history records, fleet managers can pre-empt the possibility of a winter weather-related road accident. By recording driver accident history and the reason for those accidents, fleet operators will then be able to determine whether any employees should be given on-the-road training to help them.’