The Changing Environment
Most organisations rely on workers driving as part of their daily operations whether they are in a hands-on role, transporting goods and supplies or even working in the sales team. Workplaces are now operating at a faster pace and are more mobile meaning that employees are put under pressure, placing increased demands on travel times and expectations.
The number of vehicles on our roads is steadily increasing as the Australian population also increases. As a result, traffic congestion through urban areas is expected to increase over time. In years to come, you can no longer expect to reach your destination in the same timeframe as you could 10 years ago.
Many unexpected factors can impact on your drive, therefore, planning a journey needs to account for extended travel time and unscheduled delays due to roadworks, road closures and school zones. There are several other factors that impact work driving:
- Long-distance driving
- Unique hazards e,g, wildlife
- Time pressure
- Weather conditions
- Vehicle factors
- Urban congestion
Journey Management Plans
Journey Management Plans set out the considerations of the driver journey to relieve time pressure, prevent rushing and promote driver health and wellbeing. It will highlight exactly what drivers need to consider before starting their drive. Journey Management Plans should include the following details:
- Define your route
- Ensure regular communication
- Pre-start vehicle checks
- Plan rest stops and refuelling with no more than 2 hours of continuous driving
- Develop a post-incident plan
- Check weather and traffic reports
- Pullover if it is safe to do so to return phone calls
- Allow extra time for unexpected delays
- Identify high-risk locations
A well designed and implemented Journey Management Plan is essential for maximising the safety of workers on the road. By having a plan in place, drivers can focus on the task of driving without stressing about unexpected delays. Organisations with Journey Management Plans can benefit from improved management and visibility of trips as well as a positive health and safety culture.
If the journey is lengthy, for example over 4 hours, you can implement a buddy system where the driver must contact a fellow designated worker when the driver reaches the destination.
At Corporate Driver Training courses, we discuss the importance of Journey Management Plans and how to minimise risk by being prepared before your drive. To learn more about our courses, click here.