Winter warnings from fleet experts

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COMPANIES can do more to prevent snow-related accidents and huge tailbacks as people try and get home from work, says a Chichester driver-training firm.

E-Training World is calling on companies to put in place winter driving plans, especially if they suffered high numbers of accidents, huge repair bills and delays to their distribution service during the snow last winter.

Jonathan Mosley, director of sales and marketing at the firm, said: ‘Our advice is for companies to agree now what they plan to do if the weather is so bad that driving is potentially dangerous.

‘Because when this happens, part of the chaos is caused as a result of many drivers making their own decisions as to whether they should make a trip instead of working to an agreed company stance, and it’s a fact of life that some drivers have more of a gung ho spirit than others.’

He is advising that rather than leave it to individual drivers to choose whether to get behind the wheel and set off the morning they find snow on the ground, it’s better to have an agreed and circulated company policy and tell clients in advance what action will be taken.

It could mean meetings being conducted online, or routine deliveries rescheduled.

He added that while many businesses need daily deliveries of stock, it would be prudent to speak to customers and suppliers if those deliveries can’t be made.

He said: ‘After all, many of the drivers we saw on the news who were stranded last year were in cars and were not delivering anything.

‘They were simply stranded, or having accidents, because they’d decided to make an unnecessary journey either to and from work, or to a meeting, probably because they believed their employer expected them to.’