Driver education - tips for dealing with sunstrike

The best approach to ensuring the safety of drivers in your fleet is a three pronged approach combining regular fleet maintenance, good fleet management software which can provide 24/7 roadside assistance and quality driver education.

With spring just around the corner, now might be a good time to sit down with drivers and remind them of a few simple techniques for dealing with the dangers associated with sun strike.

The spring months are a particularly tough time for driver visibility, as harsh sunlight combined with wet conditions can make commuting during sunrise and sunset particularly dangerous.

Remind drivers to check to make sure their windscreens are clean and free of dust or condensation before setting out, as this can easily enhance the risk of sun strike.

Encourage them to keep a pair of sunglasses on their person when driving and to store them in a place that is easy in reach. There's no point leaving them in the glove compartment or the backseat if drivers are therefore required to lean over and fetch them in a dangerous manner.

Above all else, it is important that if drivers are not 100 per cent confident with visibility and driving conditions then they should pull over at the safest possible opportunity and wait for the weather to clear.

Adding a few minutes to your journey time will be well worth it if it saves a nasty accident that could cause serious damage or injury.