As an employer of someone who drives a vehicle for work, it is your responsibility to ensure that the vehicle fits the purpose for which it is used. It is important that the vehicle is safe and in fit condition and that there is required safety equipment properly fitted and maintained. These basic requirements, along with others below, will help reduce the risk to your employee who is driving as part of their job.
Modern vehicles now have a huge range of on-board safety systems available which can protect your drivers and help stop them having crashes. Some of these features are fitted as standard while others need to be specifically requested as optional extras. Understanding what these systems do, and fitting them to your fleet vehicles can save your business huge amounts of money.
Autonomous Emergency Braking systems, available for cars and car-derived small vans, has been proven to reduce at-fault rear-end collisions by 38%. Further developments of these systems allow the cruise control to maintain a safe speed and distance to the car in front, even in heavy traffic, greatly reducing the chances of your driver running into the rear of another vehicle.
If you have staff who drive their own cars for work and claim business mileage, we call this your grey fleet. However infrequently they may drive on business, employers have the same obligations to manage them correctly as they do those in company vehicles.