As we approach the summer months, we can expect to see more cars, motorbikes, bikes, and other vehicles on the roads, leading to longer travel times, traffic jams and more incidents.
Along with more traffic on the roads, July and August tend to be the busiest months for vehicle breakdowns on highways and major roads.
With more people regularly working from home and spending less time behind the wheel, driving skills can fade. Because driving is one of the most dangerous things many people do each day, it’s vital that businesses have a pre-emptive strategy in place for reducing the risk of a collision.
There are a number of summer driving considerations for fleet and risk managers to be aware of, including:
Vehicle maintenance in summer is as important as any other time of year.
Allergies and Hay fever cause itchy and watery eyes, blocked and running noses, and sneezing, which can be a real distraction to drivers. You can advise affected drivers to use non-drowsy antihistamines such as Claritin and Cetirizine and keep a good supply of tissues in the vehicle.
Drivers may feel warm weather fatigue. To help combat fatigue, commercial vehicle drivers should take regular breaks, ideally every two hours, even if it’s a shorter journey.
Glare from the sun can cause incidents, so wearing the correct sunglasses can improve vision and help reduce glare.