Road Safety at Work
Work Related Road Safety does not just apply to those people who drive as part of their job, but also everyone that manages drivers. On average 65% of all company vehicles will be involved in a collision over the next 12 months according to the AA.
Road Traffic Collision Maps
To highlight the seriousness of this issue, Road Safety has produced a series of maps displaying all road casualties in Cornwall from 01/04/2008 to 31/03/2013. The maps are split into four regions allowing individual roads to be identified. As an employer or employee these maps can assist you in identifying the casualty numbers on the routes you travel most frequently.
- West Cornwall (Truro and westwards)
- Mid Cornwall (Redruth to Bodmin / Fowey)
- East Cornwall (Padstow / St Columb and eastwards)
- North Cornwall (Launceston and northwards)
Note. These maps are in pdf format and are fairly large (up to 9mb) which may take some time to download on slow connections. Please contact us on the address below if you experience any issues with this.
Reports suggest we could be entering one of the wettest winters on record.
Have you considered how this may affect your drivers safety and slow their progress?
- It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
- Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
- Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
- Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility
- Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
- Drive with dipped headlights at all times
- Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with 60mph and 70mph speed limits.
- Check tyres and replace them if the thread depth is below 3mm
Wet or flooded roads?
- Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think.
- After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.
- Sometimes roads can be closed due to their fragile state after wet weather or because they are blocked by flooding.
- Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic
- Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer
Cornwall’s Road Safety Unit also offer completely free workshops to local businesses.
These workshops are not going to tell you how to drive, or to lecture on what you should or shouldn’t do. Almost all drivers know what they should or shouldn’t do, yet collisions still occur. There is something preventing the driver from behaving in the way they intend: whether this is peer pressure, perceived work pressure or something else influencing them.
The workshops are an opportunity to take a moment to think about how you drive, what may affect your driving behaviour, and to consider some strategies to overcome these.
The sessions are very interactive, with short activities, videos and discussions. They are informal, and typically last between 1 hour and 1½ hours.
Simply contact us using the details below.
Further information and downloads
Protecting your business is our business and it’s free.
If you would like to access any of our services please contact the road safety team on 01872 327340. Alternatively email: email@example.com
For information on the legal requirements for Work Related Road Safety, along with advice on risk assessments, please view HSE's Driving at Work leaflet. Rospa's Driving at Work pdf includes a sample work related road safety policy to get you started, and also some advice and tips.
This is a more condensed version of the above leaflet created by Cornwall Council.