No matter how long or short a route may be, being prepared is a significant factor in risk reduction. By planning a route, companies and their drivers will be able to predict hazardous aspects of road design, approach to customers premises etc. Alternative, safer routes and times may be considered and thus potentially avoid incidents.
|Route planning is not part of normal trip scheduling.||Route Plans are developed for all trips by experienced dispatchers or drivers.|
|Companies Drivers are left to determine the approach to destinations.||Delivery sites all have good access and egress, and have one-way systems on site.|
|Many of the delivery sites are Hazardous Sites (e.g. Fuel Depots).||Good communication between dispatcher and driver.|
|Routes are travelled infrequently.||Sat-Nav or GPS is used to assist drivers on route.|
|Majority of routes are frequently used.|
- Consider developing safe, predetermined route plans for frequent routes. Communicate these to drivers or utilise GPS systems with pre-determined routes programmed in.
- Ensure that one-off routes are evaluated for hazardous road features, speed limits etc. Hazards may include: built up areas, schools, hospitals that are passed on route.
- If required to deliver to hazardous sites, ensure there are at least well-developed access and egress plans.
- Complete a risk assessment for each route, taking into consideration commodities, familiarity, access/egress, and number of alternative routes.