Common sense is not enough

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No member would employ somebody as a driver if their common sense were in question. As a necessary job requirement, it is right up there with having a clean and valid driving licence. Checking a driver’s common sense, however, is not quite as straightforward as confirming their licence details with DVLA. This is unfortunate, because it is that time of year again.

Sherry advertisements are starting to appear, the double-thickness television guide is out and, behind the scenes, the supermarket planners are getting ready for Easter. It must be December. You can ignore Christmas, Hanukkah, Bodhi, Yule and everything else on the calendar, but there is no escaping the seasonal weather.

For the next few months, we can look forward to a random selection from wind, rain, sleet, snow, ice, hail and fog. Some folks will be unsurprised to experience all of these within the same day. Winter is upon us and that means all of us having to change our driving habits to deal with the less friendly conditions.

Yes, this is why your drivers’ common sense matters. It would be natural to expect that everyone takes more care on the roads when the weather worsens. Natural, but wrong.

The accident rate rises during bad weather and consequent injuries are more severe. Fatalities increase. In other words, you are more likely to have to deal with the aftermath of a road traffic accident involving one of your drivers. If that were not bad enough, if you cannot show that you have warned them to take more care, your own chances of prosecution will also rise.

The best way to approach this is probably not, despite what some employees may suggest, to award drivers extra time off when the weather deteriorates.

Happy Holidays!

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