Brake urges at-work drivers to stay safe in bad weather

25 November 2013

Brake, the road safety charity
forum@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, has published an advice sheet for drivers on staying safe in bad weather. The resource, sponsored by Arco, is available for fleet managers to distribute to their drivers through the charity's Fleet Safety Forum.

Adverse weather conditions can make driving much more dangerous. At this time of year it's vital that companies employing drivers take extra steps to manage the risks and remind drivers of the dangers. Stopping distances double in the wet and can increase tenfold in ice and snow. Fog or dazzling, low sun can severely harm visibility, preventing drivers from reacting to hazards. Flooding and strong winds can make even familiar roads treacherous.

Brake calls organisations to ensure their drivers follow the A, B, C of staying safe in bad weather conditions:

avoid driving at all if possible
be prepared, by planning journeys around bad weather and packing a bad weather kit
careful, cautious driving: slow down and be extra vigilant for people and hazards

The advice sheet is available for free to Fleet Safety Forum subscribers, or can be purchased for £5 by non-subscribers. Special offer: the first 25 non-subscribers to request the sheet will get a copy for FREE. Please email admin@brake.org.uk or call +44 (0)1484 559909 to order.

The Fleet Safety Forum is a low cost, not-for-profit subscription service, run by road safety charity Brake. It supports fleet managers in reducing the human and financial costs associated with road crashes involving at-work drivers. Annual subscription costs between £50 and £155 +VAT. Subscribers get access to advice, guidance and other resources to help them improve road safety from within their organisation. Find out more and subscribe online at www.fleetsafetyforum.org.
 
Laura Woods, research and information officer at Brake, says: "Driving can be risky even in good conditions, and in bad weather it can become very dangerous. I urge fleet managers to remind their drivers of the risks particularly at this time of year. This advice sheet is a useful, concise resource to help managers ensure their drivers know how to prepare for and avoid the risks associated with bad weather."

Thomas Martin and Neil Jowsey, Joint Managing Directors at Arco, said: "With the winter weather on its way, we're encouraging drivers to be prepared for the challenging weather. This can mean taking simple preventative steps such as properly clearing icy or snowy windscreens so the road is fully visible, fully removing snow from vehicles and wearing sunglasses to protect against low sun glare. We welcome this advice sheet as a valuable resource to help fleet managers ensure their drivers stay safe this winter."

Notes for editors:

Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education, events such as Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake's support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.

Road crashes are not accidents; the use of the term 'accident' undermines work to reduce road risk and causes insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by drivers taking risks on roads.

The Fleet Safety Forum is a dedicated, not-for-profit service for fleet managers run by road safety charity Brake. Subscribers receive: free and discounted access to Brake's professional events; free training in Brake's Pledge to stop dangerous and unnecessary driving; e-bulletins containing the latest initiatives and research in fleet and road safety from across the globe; password access to the Fleet Safety Forum website containing guidance for managers and a host of resources for drivers; and posters. Annual subscription costs between £50 and £155 +VAT. Subscribe online at www.fleetsafetyforum.org or contact Brake on +44 (0)1484 559909 or forum@brake.org.uk.

About Arco
Arco is the UK's leading safety company, distributing quality products and training and providing expert advice helping to shape the safety world and make work a safer place. Founded in 1884 and with a heritage spanning 4 generations, Arco integrates traditional family values with pioneering innovation to offer its 110,000 customers a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, clothing, footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. Headquartered in Hull, Arco reaches its customers through its extensive product catalogue, interactive website and 41 strong trade counter network. The company has sales of over £240m and employs approximately 1500 people.

Arco is dedicated to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and continually demonstrates its support of local business communities and charitable organisations, donating in excess of 1% of pre-tax profits annually. In 2007, Arco became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and in 2010 a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. The company has also received the highly prestigious Family Business Honour by JP Morgan's Private Bank and the Institute of Family Business (IFB). Going forward, Arco further demonstrates its position as the UK's leading safety company as the exclusive supplier of PPE, footwear and workwear to the BLOODHOUND project's support team involved with the design, build and race of a car to raise the world land speed record to 1,000mph in 2015. For more information, visit www.arco.co.uk.