Brake publishes essential guidance on managing young at-work drivers
Brake, the road safety charity has published a crucial guidance report for fleet managers and HR professionals, in collaboration with Fleetmaster. ‘managing young at-work drivers’ is essential reading for all professionals with responsibility for managing employees aged 17-24 who drive for work. “Driving for work is associated with higher risk for drivers of any age but this risk increases significantly for those aged 17-24,” says Caroline Perry, Brake’s New Zealand director. The report outlines the main reasons why young drivers are at higher risk of being involved in a crash than other drivers. It recommends practical measures that organisations can put in place to reduce that risk. Industry examples and case studies are also included. “Employers need to be actively engaging with their young drivers and implementing robust measures to help reduce their risk of being involved in a crash. This guidance report is a valuable resource for any professional managing young drivers.” The report is one of a series produced by Brake, which aim to help fleet managers reduce their road risk. “Fleetmaster is delighted to be in its eight year of supporting Brake with the great work they achieve. This guidance report is an excellent tool to help employers understand the risk young drivers impose on their business,” says John Boocock, training director at Fleetmaster. “To this end, we operate a rigorous driving scheme for our young drivers and are committed to working with young drivers (internal and external) to help them use the roads as safely as possible.” The report also details how implementing key measures such as training in basic vehicle maintenance, and monitoring of driver behaviour, can help organisations to tackle road risk. It is an essential piece of guidance for any company working to reduce the risk for young employees who drive on work purposes. The report is available free of charge to all Brake Professional members through www. brakepro.org. Non-members can order the resource from the Brake shop.