August marks National Road Victim Month in the United Kingdom. The awareness month is held to remember people that have been killed or injured on our roads. As well as honouring people that have been lost and injured, National Road Victim Month is a great time to raise awareness to make our roads safer. However, National Road Victim Month shouldn’t just solely focus on the UK.
Every year the lives of more than 1.25 million people are cut short as a result of road traffic crashes and between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries worldwide according to the World Health Organisation.
Danger in Dubai
As an example of the international nature of this issue, in Dubai alone, 88 people have been killed and 922 injured in road accidents from January to July this year. Sudden swerving has been blamed as the main cause for traffic accidents this year, accounting for one out every three fatalities on Dubai roads, highlighting its deadly consequence.
Dubai Police and the Ministry of Interior have introduced several traffic awareness campaigns with the aim to reduce road fatalities. Among them is reducing the speed limit to 110km/h on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road in Dubai after studies showed these two highways witness large volumes of traffic and are hotspots for accidents.
Top tips for driving safely at work
According to the Department for Transport, more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving as part of their work at the time. Therefore, it is vital for organisations to focus on driver safety.
Following these tips could help keep your employees stay safe when they are behind the wheel.
- Equipping company cars with sat nav systems will prevent employees using maps on their mobile phones.
- Having a tracker in the vehicle will act as a disincentive for employees to speed and make unnecessary trips. Monitoring the reports sent from the tracker will also help address any problems at an early stage.
- Undertaking a car risk assessment before and after every journey. The assessment should include checks of tyre depth, brake wear, lights and fluid levels.
On top of these helpful tips, Safety Media’s Driving Safety (International) e-Learning course can help ensure an even safer driving experience for your employees. Furthermore, Safety media offer a clever piece of Incident Reporting software which is designed to make reporting and management of incidents easier. Perfect for reporting the condition of company cars and any vehicle associated incidents.
The incident reporting solution is available as part of our Enterprise Learning Management system. This gives you access to all of our e-Learning courses and other pieces of health and safety software too.