Prioritise fleet driver safety in winter weather, urges the AA

The AA is urging SMEs to be prepared for winter driving following its busiest day of the year, with 24,000 call-outs recorded on 11 Dec

Following on from its busiest day of the year on Monday, 11 December, with 24,000 call-outs recorded, the AA is urging businesses to be prepared for the wintry conditions which are forecast to prevail across the UK in the run-up to the festive period.
Stuart Thomas, Director of Fleet and SME Services at the AA, said: “With company car drivers 49% more likely to be involved in an accident than ordinary drivers, even in normal weather conditions, we urge fleet managers and business owners to prioritise the safety of their drivers during this cold spell via the following actions:
  • Assess if your fleet needs to be on the road in the first place during this chilly and potentially dangerous time
  • Consider rescheduling any long journeys to the areas most affected by colder weather, such as the north of the UK and Scotland, until after Christmas
  • Take the opportunity to recirculate your fleet health and safety road policy if you have one
  • If you don’t have one, make sure drivers know what actions they need to take if they are unable to get into work
  • Urge drivers to carry emergency provisions with them, including chocolate bars, water, a torch and a shovel in case they break down in the snowy conditions.”
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