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Brake launches new safety academy for fleets

BRAKE has launched a Road Safety Academy for fleet managers wanting to educate employees about safer driving.

The road safety charity is offering the one-day course free of charge.

Fleet managers attending the course will be taught how to deliver a 45 minute presentation to drivers in their company about the importance of driving safely in line with the key points in Brake’s ‘Pledge to Drive Safely’ campaign – including don’t drink and drive, don’t drive when tired, and don’t speed.

They will also be given free resources to help them do this including leaflets and a Powerpoint presentation. The one-day course, which is being sponsored by FedEx, will also teach the basics of road risk management, for passing on to other managers with responsibility for health and safety.

After the course, which is being held at locations across the country, Brake will liaise with course graduates to check that they are ‘cascading’ their knowledge within their companies and provide further help if necessary.

Brake says that graduates will also be encouraged to share their knowledge by giving presentations to community groups and other companies as well as colleagues.

The Academy is aiming to train 300 graduates by the end of its first year. It claims that if each goes on to train at least 100 further people in their first year, a total of 30,000 people in year one could receive the safety messages.

The charity believes that half of drivers do not know slower speeds save lives and reckons the course will go some way to spreading that message.

  • Companies can nominate an employee to attend the one-day course by calling Brake on 01484 559909, or emailing iwanttohelp@brake.org.uk
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