Protect drivers in spring

Alongside beautiful sunny days, spring can include heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail.

They make for less than ideal driving conditions, so it's a good idea to make sure each vehicle in your fleet has an emergency kit.

Providing each vehicle in your fleet with an emergency kit will give you peace of mind in case the worst happens.

Fleet managers can ensure workers are kept safe with roadside assistance provided for each vehicle so employees have someone to lend a helping hand in the event of a breakdown or accident.

Ensure that each driver is aware of emergency procedures so they know who to call and if there is any information they need to be aware of, such as a membership number or password.

In spite of this service, it still pays to equip vehicles with an emergency kit containing basic tools, such as bottled water, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, jumper leads, warning lights and torch.

The first aid kit should contain enough equipment to treat minor problems such as small cuts or burns, as well as more extensive injuries that may require heavy bandaging - it pays to be prepared for the worst.

Leaving a notepad and pen in each vehicle might prompt drivers to get details of other motorists if they are in an accident, making it easier for the fleet manager to chase up insurance claims.

Spring is a great time to check that drivers will be prepared for any eventuality, so why not take the time to make sure there are spare batteries for the torch and the bottled water hasn't passed its expiry date?

These checks could form the start of a fleet maintenance schedule so these necessary items are ready to go all year round.