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Driving Near Miss

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

Traffic on our roads is beginning increase again and there is a lot of people in our community suffering from stress and fatigue. These factors can create a high risk environment for professional drivers, and an increase to near miss reporting in a business.

Reporting Near Misses

Encourage your drivers to report their near miss traffic incidents, even if it was

the other drivers fault. This information shows a record of the near miss history,

as well as providing valuable information for training purposes.

If the near miss involves a driver from another company, get in touch with the

company. You should be communicating the incident, sending them the details

of the near miss and advise them that you are looking in to the near miss / have

closed out the incident. Many of these cases is a quick email informing the

company that the incident has been noted.

Rule of Thumb is: A company that have company vehicles, with no near misses

on the road, is a company that is not reporting all incidents.

If your vehicles have a dash cam that

records sound, train your drivers to say out

loud details that could be helpful. These

details could include:

• Vehicle number plate

• Company name if applicable

• What happened to cause near miss or accident

This information can then be played back

and recorded at a later time.

Defensive Driving

The public is one of the biggest hazards for professional drivers.

It is important for the driver to be alert, have no distractions

and be a defensive driver. Defensive driver techniques focus on anticipating