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Defensive driving equals Safer driving

Keeping staff save on the roads - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014

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Although you obviously cannot control other drivers’ actions you can teach your staff how to anticipate and avoid accidents – like the 130 car pile-up in Kent last September. Sticking to the following simple formula for safe, defensive driving can reduce the severity of accidents and may avoid them altogether:

See the hazard – Constantly scan the road ahead for upcoming hazards while also checking your mirror. Think about what could happen as far in advance as possible. Never assume that a hazard will be resolved by the time you reach it – plan for the worst case

Understand the defence – Mentally prepare yourself for encountering a hazard by visualising your defensive position. That way when the time comes you will already have a plan in place

Preparation is paramount - the more prepared you are the easier it will be to act calmly and decisively

Act in time – Immediately adopt your defensive position when faced with an impending hazard; even a split second hesitation can mean the difference between accident and avoidance

When your employees drive to fulfil their work responsibilities, they put your reputation and themselves at risk. By stressing the importance of defensive driving, you can help ease your mind and help ensure your employees’ safety.

Defensive driving equals Safer driving

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