Driving Near Miss
Updated: Dec 20, 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.
Driver Fit For Work
Before starting work, drivers should be asking themselves if they are fit for work. They should ask themselves the following questions:
Am I under the influence of drugs (including prescription medicines) and/ or alcohol?
Am I distracted in anyway? (cellphone, noise, work pressure, home pressure, food / drinks being consumed)
Am I fatigued at all?
If drivers answer yes to any of these, alternative work should be allocated, work should stop until worker is fit for work or the worker be given time off.
Vehicle Fit For Use
Before starting work, a vehicle inspection should be carried out. If a vehicle has mechanical failures or is not suitable for the task (outside it’s limit / capability or incorrect vehicle for the job) the vehicle should not be used and the failures reported.
The driver needs to ensure loads are secured both inside the vehicle and on trailers before setting out on the road.