insurers more than £600,000.
Buried beneath accusations of unsafe bridge design and inadequate lighting is the simple recommendation that could have helped mitigate the wrecks damage: drive defensively.
Defensive driving is one of the most useful tactics for ensuring safety on the road and should be mandatory practice when your employees drive for work. Although you cannot control other drivers’ actions, which lead to debacles like the Kent pile-up, you can teach your employees how to anticipate and avoid accidents in spite of adverse driving conditions.
By adhering to the following formula for safe, defensive driving, your employees can reduce the severity of accidents and maybe even avoid them altogether.
• See the hazard. Constantly scan the road ahead for upcoming hazards
while checking your mirrors. Think about what could happen as far in advance
as possible. Never assume that a hazard will be resolved by the time
you reach it - plan for the worst - case scenario.
• Understand the defence.
Mentally prepare yourself for encountering a hazard by visualising
your defensive position. That way, when the time comes, you will
already have a plan in place. Preparation is paramount. The more prepared you
are, the easier it will be to act calmly and decisively.
• Act in time.
Immediately adopt your defensive position when faced with an impending hazard.
Even a split second of hesitation can mean the difference between accident and
avoidance. The sooner you act, the more time you have to help prevent a
When your employees drive to fulfil their work responsibilities, they put your reputation and themselves at risk. By stressing the importance of defensive driving, you can help ease your mind and help ensure your employees’ safety.