A road safety charity is urging fleet managers to share potentially life-saving winter motoring tips with their drivers this month.
Aarons Autos is sharing Brake’s advice through its Fleet Safety Forum to help drivers stay safe in dangerous snowy and icy conditions. It wants managers to share its simple ‘A, B, C’ guide to safer motoring in winter.
- (A)Avoiding driving at all if possible is the most important tip.
- (B)Being prepared by planning journeys around the worst of the weather and making sure vehicles are well maintained and ready for wintry conditions is also said to be crucial to avoid accidents and breakdowns in the cold.
- (C)Careful driving is the third tip, with people advised to drive slowly and be aware of the hazards all around them.
Brake’s research and information officer, Laura Woods, said driving can be risky in all weather conditions, but it can be particularly dangerous in bad weather.
Fleet managers should remind company drivers about the risks of winter driving before the inevitable cold snaps arrive this year, she said.
Take advantage of our Winter Service offer and make sure your car is safe over the cold, wet and even snowy period we are entering.
We know that people are strapped for cash on the run up to Christmas but the last thing we and you want are unnecessary car repair bills due to not having it checked over.
VOSA (the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) says it intends to ramp up roadside inspections and other enforcement activities in a bid to improve standards of van operation.
At the 3rd event in the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence conference series (taking place in Dunblane next month), the keynote address will be by Gordon MacDonald, VOSA’s traffic enforcement policy manager.
Focusing on the impact of the recession on operator practices, he will outline VOSA’s views on the operational standards required for vans across the UK.
“Van Excellence proves that operators are entirely capable of self regulation,” says Mark Cartwright, FTA’s head of vans.
“FTA applauds the efforts of VOSA to increase general operational standards and we are delighted that VOSA has agreed to come along and provide its views on the issues facing van operators.”
If your company is feeling the “Pinch” of the recession why not give us at Aarons Autos a call to see what we can do for you from genaral servicing to full Fleet Maintenance, we are here to help.
More than one in three motorists on UK roads are planning on skipping their next service, new research has found.
When interviewed, 39% of motorists admitted to considering skipping their next service, while 10% confessed to never checking their tyres. More worryingly, 15% admitted they were currently experiencing a problem with their brakes but were not looking to repair them!!
Motorists in the South West are the most likely to skip their next service, with 45% of drivers admitting to doing so, while in drivers in Scotland are the most likely to maintain their cars service schedule, with just 22% planning to skip their next service.
“It is very concerning to find that so many motorists are thinking of skipping their next service — especially considering the number of drivers who don’t make their own checks on their car”.
“Tyres, brakes and lights are all crucial to road safety, so it is vitally important that they are regularly checked, and not just left until the MOT is due.”
Here at Aarons Autos we recommend that you have your car serviced at least once a year whether it be at the same time as your MOT or spread the cost and have it done 6 months after you MOT.
We also recommend oil, antifreeze, tyres and lights should be checked regularly to help decrease the chance of breakdowns.