The Fleet Safety Forum has published new guidance for fleet managers on the topic of 'Driver Safety in Bad Weather'. While winter makes for heightened awareness of this issue, the guidance highlights that bad weather is increasingly a road safety issue throughout the year.

In the UK in 2010, 33% of all fatal road crashes occurred when roads were wet, flooded, icy or snowy.

The Fleet Safety Forum guidance provides practical advice for fleet managers on journey planning, communication with drivers, and equipping fleet vehicles appropriately. There is an Advice for Drivers section that can be provided as a separate document to circulate to staff or post on intranet sites.

The guidance is available for free to Fleet Safety Forum subscribers, or can be purchased for £5 by non-subscribers. Email or call 01484 559909 to order.

Roz Cumming, development manager at Brake, said: "While attention in the UK turns to winter, the Fleet Safety Forum wants to highlight the risks associated with driving in bad weather at any time. Our guidance gives accessible, practical advice and information that managers can use to manage this risk and keep their drivers and other road users safe, during the holiday season and beyond."

Steve Coffin, Marketing and Operations Director for MiX Telematics, said: "While a key aspect of our work in the fleet management arena is to help reduce road risk all year round, at no time is this more important than during the winter months when safe and careful driving is essential. That's why we are backing Brake's Fleet Safety Forum's 'Driver Safety in Bad Weather' publication. I would urge all fleet operators to acquire a copy and put its good ideas into practice."

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Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1835 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: