Are Your Employees Driving on the UK's Riskiest Routes?
Keeping your employees safe is one of the top priorities of a fleet manager. There are plenty of precautions you can take to keep them as safe as possible, but there are some things you can’t control.
We took a look at a report released by the Road Safety Foundation to locate the UK’s riskiest routes. Here’s a run-down of the top ten:
1- A18 from Laceby to Ludborough, Lincolnshire
According to the report, the A18 from Laceby to Ludborough presented the “most persistent risk”. The route is a rural, tree-lined, winding and narrow road with a fatal and serious crash rate that has almost doubled in three years. Almost a third of incidents were at junctions on the route, says the report.
2 - A36 from A3090 to Totton, Hampshire
The four mile stretch of road between the A3090 and Totton town centre ranked second in the report. The fatal and serious accident rate rose by 25% in just three years.
3 - A588 from A585 Blackpool to Lancaster
Taking third place is the 17 mile stretch of the A585 between Blackpool and Lancaster. The report stated that serious accidents rose from 22 to 26 in three years.
4 - A44 from Llangurig to Aberystwyth
5 - A532 from A530 to A534 Crewe, Cheshire
6 - A291 from canterbury to Herne Bay, Kent
7 - A6 from M6 junction 33 to Lancaster
8 - A361 from Chipping Norton to Banbury, Oxfordshire
9 - A40 from M40 junction 5 to High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
10 - A643 from Brighouse to Morley, West Yorkshire
How to keep your employees as safe as possible.
If your employees are having to drive on dangerous roads, you need to be taking every precaution possible to keep them safe.
Lease your fleet.
The best way to keep your employees safe is to make sure that they’re driving the newest cars with the latest safety features. By leasing your fleet, you can essentially upgrade your fleet every few years to make sure that you’re giving your employees access to the newest and safest cars on the road.
Get your fleet serviced regularly.
If you’re managing multiple vehicles, it’s incredibly important to keep on top of keeping them serviced. Regular check ups will help to catch any faults or wear and tear that could be putting your employees at risk.
Make sure your insurance is top notch.
When it comes to keeping your fleet and your employees safe, you need to make sure that you have the right insurance in place for if things do go wrong. Not only do you need to make sure that your insurance covers any incident that may occur, but you need to make sure that your employees’ details are all up to date. If something changes and you don’t inform your insurer, you could find yourself being denied a claim if the worst should happen.