Hit Third Party In The Rear collisions are commonly seen on a fleet claims history. However, these are the claims that are less frequently but normally more costly. These incidents give the opportunity for personal injury claims from the third parties involved in the incident, so costs can quickly spiral. Taking action to prevent these collisions is time well spent. Please also refer to the Collision Management section of the Roadmap for content on increasing the speed of incident reporting. This will help keep credit hire companies out of the collision management process and further reduce costs.
Sometimes employees just do not know that there is an issue with a deteriorating claims history. By writing to each employee telling them that a fleet safety programme is being planned will give them an idea of what to expect and can be a great first step in awareness raising.
Distracted driving due to phones, eating, drinking etc. is a significant causation factor in collisions and needs to be managed in a robust manner. Your driver distraction policy is an important part of your fleet risk management documentation.
Studies show that stress in the workplace is on the increase. Stress symptoms are conducive to more aggressive driving and therefore increased risk of vehicle collisions. A proactive approach to managing stress is therefore invaluable and we have a template policy to help you develop your approach.
When employing an individual who will spend most of their time driving on your behalf, a driver competence assessment should form part of the recruitment process. We include a form for recording the assessment here. We recommend that the assessment is carried out by an individual who has been trained to carry out assessments.
Using telematics and camera systems to help manage driver performance can be really effective but first employees need to be consulted with the agreed approach communicated to all relevant persons in a policy document. We provide an example here.
Camera systems are increasingly being fitted to vehicles and they provide invaluable data for use in collision investigations. However, using camera footage proactively to monitor driver behaviour is an effective tool in the armoury of the manager. This form gives a template on which to record observations when watching camera footage.
We have provided a stress management policy in an earlier stage of the programme. We’ve already noted that stress symptoms can have a significant impact on driving performance. Completing a stress risk assessment will allow your organisation to gauge where stress may be generated and what actions should be taken to reduce stress levels. We provide a template document to assist in the thought process.
Introducing a consequence for poor driving performance is a vital part of a collision prevention programme. This document provides a suggested approach to using the resources in the Academy to educate drivers and so prevent a recurring collision. The improvement approach can be applied to those drivers who are having avoidable collisions or those drivers whose poor driving standards are being flagged up by in vehicle technology.
A cost effective consequence for poor driving performance can be the requirement of an employee to answer a set of questions on driving standards. The questions can involve the employee reviewing documentation in your collision prevention programme. It’s a method of instructing an employee and increasing their understanding of your company procedures. We include here a sample question set to be used with an employee who has been involved in a hit third party in the rear collision.
Staying a safe distance from the vehicle in front is a key action for preventing hit third party in the rear collisions. Delivering a toolbox talk to an individual who has been involved in a collision can be an effective and cost efficient intervention.
The pace of our lives appears to be growing ever faster and employees complaining of stress symptoms appears to be on the increase. Staying calm whilst we drive will positively affect our speed management and the distance we leave between the vehicle in front, two key causation factors for collisions. This toolbox talk provides useful tips for drivers in relation to staying calm behind the wheel.