Journey planning and scheduling is essential in ensuring the safety of your employees who drive for work. Investing time in ensuring that journey planning is implemented as a component of your safe driving policy, will ensure that where possible, routes are planned thoroughly, schedules are realistic, and sufficient time is allocated to complete journeys safely.
Focus on the specific characteristics of your drivers’ journeys. Most collisions happen in built up or urban environments while most fatalities occur on rural roads. Relatively few collisions happen on motorways, however the consequences are often far greater due the higher speeds.
Employers should also look at whether journeys often pass schools, involve negotiating hazardous junctions or frequently take drivers past accident black spots. Time of day and weather patterns are also important factors. Effective scheduling of work or meetings and journey planning is essential to minimise the temptation to speed due to time pressure.
Of course, with advances in modern technology such as video conferencing, drivers are able to avoid many journeys completely, which also reduces one of the biggest causes of driver distraction and collisions, the perceived need to use a mobile phone whilst driving.