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Two words for 2016: Fleet Safety

Have you noticed that the advertisements on the telly are turning increasingly festive? In a few days time children will be rushing to open their advent calendars, and adults will start to look forward to all that feasting, fun and frolics at X-mas parties. Before you know it, Christmas morning will be here.

Christmas is a time when many of us can take a well earned rest. A chance to take stock, reflect on what's happened over the past year and think about what the future holds.

Yes, you guessed it. It's time to talk about resolutions for the year ahead. Gym memberships will spike and healthy diets will be the order of the day. Great stuff and good luck! But this is a fleet blog. I'm asking you to think about your New Year fleet resolution.

What is it going to be? What do you think the fleet industry should do more off? How can you play your part to make corporate fleets better for business and better for society? You have just a month to make up your mind. 2016 will be here before you know it!

If you've been reading my blog over the past year you'll know what I am about to write! I've got two words for you; fleet safety.

With around a quarter of all road accidents involving people driving for work, road safety is an area where the fleet community can have a significance impact. Individually we can take small steps, but collectively we can take giant leaps. Let's make 2016 special.

Fleet safety is not a new topic of discussion for the fleet community. We've been shining a light on the importance of safety for some time. We are stakeholders that held in high regard by policy makers.

But this doesn't mean we can rest on our laurels. Taking a fresh approach and looking at challenges from a fresh perspective means new ways of taking on tough and complex issues like road safety.

TRL have put together a programme on fleet safety to do just that. It's an interesting idea to share with you. The two day course provides attendees with everything they need to understand, investigate and assess vehicle accidents.

Participants are given the introductory skills required to analyse physical evidence and produce conclusions about the circumstances of an accident, with topics covered including; health and safety considerations, injury causation, vehicle examination, reconstruction methods and report writing.

According to Helen Cotton, Safety and Technology Group Manager at TRL, the course is not about teaching fleet managers how to manage their fleet effectively.

So why should you be interested? Well TRL says it's about giving fleet managers the skills that are needed to investigate and gather facts from accidents. Do you see where this is heading?

Facts are everything when it comes to understanding the cause of an accident. Facts shape corporate policy and processes, and these are the decisions that fleet managers take on an daily basis.

Understanding the facts will help to set out future vehicle safety policies and investment choices. It will also facilitate decision making and corrective actions, and inform an organisation's legal position and help to reduce insurance costs.

It's a fresh way of thinking. It's a new perspective that could deliver big results for the TCO equation.

Enjoy safe motoring this festive period and come back refreshed in the new year.

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