Good to Go Safety believes that inspecting business vehicles should be a mandatory protocol to ensure that they are in safe condition before being driven.
It says that completing comprehensive pre-use checks ‘could and would’ save lives.
Vehicle failures can play a major role in an accident, putting even the safest driver in a life-or-death situation.
It told Fleet News that driving is risky enough without having to worry about a vehicle failure. That’s why pre-use safety inspections are a vital part of any fleet management system.
The Good to Go Safety checklist encourages regular pre-drive safety checks to be carried out in line with best practice guidelines by ROSPA and the DfT (Department for Transport).
It provides documented evidence that a fleet safety policy is in operation, and valuable evidence of the vehicle’s condition and maintenance programme in the event of an accident.
In addition to devastating human loss, car crashes present a significant cost in lost wages and productivity, medical and administrative expenses, employer costs and property damage.
Given what’s on the line, asking employees to conduct pre-use checks before using vehicles for work is a smart and responsible policy to enforce, says Good to Go Safety.
By spotting potential problems early, it said a fleet can deal with them before they develop into a costly accident.