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How To Stay Safe on the Road by

  1. 1. How to stay safe on the road
  2. 2. It’s your responsibility • Whether you’re a driver or passenger, you are responsible for your own personal safety • This means: – ensuring vehicles are roadworthy – using seat belts and other safety equipment properly – making sure the driver is fit to drive – driving with care and attention – helping the driver wherever you can
  3. 3. • There are 9 deaths everyday on UK roads • 1 in 2 drivers on company business are involved in a collision every year • Safety is not just about drivers – passengers are responsible too • Know the risks and stay safe
  4. 4. • Safety is our No.1 priority • Network Rail is committed to the welfare of those who drive to work and those who drive as part of their job • Network Rail has developed a driver coaching scheme – individual driver assessments – training – online learning
  5. 5. • Make sure you’re switched on the minute you get into the vehicle • Get enough sleep if you’re driving the next day • Don’t miss breakfast • Stay focused • Remember, it’s not just your welfare that you’re responsible for • Be prepared for all types of weather
  6. 6. Tiredness and well-being • It’s obvious, but make sure the driver takes these precautions: – regular breaks. Don’t fight it, stop! – extra care if you are sleeping badly – share the driving • Everyone in the car is responsible – don’t lark around or distract the driver – only ever use a hands-free kit to make or take a call – only take a call if it’s absolutely necessary • Smoking is not permitted in company vehicles
  7. 7. Use the safety equipment • Many neck injuries can be avoided if drivers and passengers adjust their head restraints properly • Wear your seat belt, front and back • Ensure all passengers are belted-up too • It’s the drivers responsibility to make sure they follow the rules
  8. 8. • The limit is a limit, not a target • 30mph in a 30 zone may be too fast! • Manage your speed according to the weather and road conditions. Stay within the speed limits • Keep your speed down around schools and residential areas • In rural areas, match your speed to the road conditions
  9. 9. Park right • Everyone in the vehicle is responsible for its safety, including passengers • Reverse park as it is safer – always guide the driver back from outside the vehicle. This simple act will reduce the likelihood of an accident • Slow down at access points • Be sensible about where you park the vehicle • Make sure it’s safe and secure at all times P
  10. 10. To sum up… • There are some simple steps that we can all take to avoid accidents • How many of us would pass our driving test today? • Road safety is as important as track safety • Look out for the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ booklets • If you don’t feel confident, ask your line manager if you can take the driver coaching scheme

Notas do Editor

  • Driving a vehicle is the single most dangerous thing we do at work.
    95% of all collisions are caused by human error
    Every day nine people die on UK roads and 90 are seriously injured
  • 300 people a year are killed because someone has fallen asleep at the wheel
    Make sure the driver takes these precautions:
    take a 15 minute break every two hours
    tell your manager if you are sleeping badly (because of a new baby, stress etc.)
    share the driving with a colleague
    drink strong coffee or another high caffeine drink
    be aware – if you are fighting it, find a safe place for a break
    turning up the radio or winding down the window doesn’t work if you’re too tired to drive
    Use of mobile phones
    Under no circumstances can drivers use their mobile phones
    Using your mobile phone as a passenger is distracting to the driver
  • 20% of rear impact crashes result in neck injuries
    The top of the restraint should be level with the top of your head
    It should be no more than two inches from the back of your head
    Front seat belts save more than 2,500 lives a year
    A crash at 30mph can result in unbuckled rear seat passengers hurtling forwards with a force of 30-60 times their body weight
    This kills around 40 front seat passengers every year
  • Don’t park
    in very narrow roads
    opposite driveways, entrances and junctions
    obstructing other road users
    lock it every time you leave it – even if it’s only for a minute
    keep valuables out of sight
    park in a safe, well lit place