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AA issues cold weather safety warning to fleet managers

Date: 14 December 2017

The safety of company car drivers in cold weather should be a priority for fleet managers.

That's the message from the AA, which recorded its busiest day of the year on Monday 11 December as icy temperatures gripped the country.

With further wintry conditions forecast across the UK in the run-up to the festive period, Stuart Thomas, the AA's director of fleet and SME services, says the industry should be aware of the risks.

"With company car drivers 49% more likely to be involved in an accident than ordinary drivers, even in normal weather conditions, we urge fleet managers and business owners to prioritise the safety of their drivers during this cold spell," he said.

Thomas advises managers to take the following action:

  • Assess if your fleet needs to be on the road in the first place during this potentially dangerous time.
  • Consider rescheduling any long journeys to the areas most affected by colder weather, such as the north of the UK and Scotland, until after Christmas.
  • Take the opportunity to recirculate your fleet health and safety road policy if you have one.
  • If you don't have one, make sure drivers know what actions they need to take if they are unable to get into work.
  • Urge drivers to carry emergency provisions with them, including chocolate bars, water, a torch and a shovel in case they break down in the snowy conditions.  

By Sean Keywood