Summer brings unique challenges for drivers.
With more vehicles on the road, children playing outside, walkers, cyclists, motorbikes and tractors, Summer brings unique challenges for drivers.
For businesses with vehicles and drivers on the road, there are specific issues to be aware of and work schedules should be planned accordingly. As well as vehicle maintenance and holiday traffic jams, there should also be a focus on employee wellbeing, for example coping with allergies and preventing tiredness behind the wheel. The following information should prove useful for managers to communicate to drivers and maintenance teams.
Along with more traffic on the roads, July and August tend to be the busiest months for vehicle breakdowns on motorways and major roads.
Hay fever causes itchy and watery eyes, blocked and running noses, and sneezing, which can cause a real distraction to drivers.
Drivers are more likely to feel fatigued in the warmer summer months. To help combat tiredness, drivers should take regular breaks, ideally every two hours, even if it’s a shorter journey.
Wearing the correct sunglasses can help reduce glare, keep drivers seeing clearly and reduce road incidents.
Around 40% of road collisions occur in the hours of darkness, according to figures from the Department for Transport. Decreased visibility is the main danger as it makes it harder to see pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The danger of falling asleep at the wheel is another significant factor at night and accounts for 20% of serious accidents on monotonous roads, such as motorways. At night, hazards can often appear from out of nowhere and it can take time for your eyes to adjust, particularly after being on a well-lit stretch of road.
With an increasing number of businesses now using plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles, it’s important to ensure they are driven safely and to be aware that hot weather can have a significant impact on reducing the driving range of electric vehicles - estimates range around 12-15%.
The use of air-conditioning to keep drivers cool can also decrease a vehicle’s range by as much as 30%, so this is another important factor to educate drivers about. Pre-cooling while the vehicle is charging can help to reduce the need to use AC when driving off, combined with using it sparingly during the journey.
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Finally, a reminder that if you have an incident and need to make an insurance claim, it’s important that you report it as soon as possible, ideally the same day. Reporting a claim early can save time and help you to receive any claim payments faster, as well as allowing us to help mitigate the cost of third-party claims.