Driving for work

Driving for work can involve being behind the wheel for long distances over long time periods. Here are some useful tips to help you stay safe when driving for work:

● Check out your employer’s ‘driving at work’ policy (which should be part of

their existing Health and Safety at Work Policy). Talk to your employer about

driver training and assessment.

● Check your vehicle - basic maintenance saves time in the long run and

helps avoid incidents.

● Plan your journey - this will help to avoid the temptation of speeding, trying

to read a map or calling the depot for directions on your mobile phone while

you’re driving.

● Switch off your mobile phone or go to voicemail.

● Wear a seat belt. Van and goods vehicle drivers are only exempt from wearing seat

belts when making deliveries less than 50 metres apart.

Better for business…

Dorset Police provide driver education sessions to groups of business drivers. The sessions

have been specifically developed for people who drive for work and cover a range of useful

topics including Health and Safety legislation, vehicle dynamics and load, observation, hazard

perception and driver fatigue.

For more information visit: www.hse.gov.uk and www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com

Business Driver Education

Business driver education logoDriving for work can bring additional pressures, as we try to keep to busy schedules.  Dorset Police provides education sessions to groups of business drivers, which have been specifically developed for people who drive for work. The sessions cover a range of useful topics, including health and safety legislation, vehicle dynamics and load, observation skills, hazard perception and driver fatigue. Sessions can also be tailored to meet an organisation’s specific needs.

To find out how your organisation can benefit, contact us on 01202 or 01305 227670, email business-drivers@dorset.pnn.police.uk 

To find out more about your responsibilities as an employer, click here >

To download our guide to driving at work, click here >

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