Driver training experts are warning that not checking handbooks is resulting in careless mistakes.
DIAmond Advanced Motorists executives say a simple read through the handbook can keep drivers up to date with many changes, not only in the abilities of the modern car but also in the way it should be maintained.
General manager Eddie Barnaville said: ‘Reading the handbook would help us all to make the simplest safety moves. So familiarise yourself with the controls as this could potentially be a lifesaver.’
In December, a meeting of fleet executives heard that asking drivers to read the handbook was an almost impossible task because most guides are more than 400 pages long and information is difficult to find.
The London West meeting of ACFO, the fleet operators’ association, heard that some members issued single-page briefing sheets covering the most important issues drivers need to know about .
BEFORE DRIVING A NEW CAR
This includes explaining to drivers the importance of using the right oil when topping up. Putting in the wrong oil can reduce service intervals and lead to damaged engines.
(Source: DIAmond Advanced Motorists)