Volunteer drivers ‘must put safety first’

Written by Ellie

Ensuring safety for themselves and those around them has been highlighted as one of the most important attributes for all volunteer drivers.

This is precisely the message that road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is now attempting to reinforce, with the release of a new video series aimed at this group.

Across the UK, volunteer drivers provide an integral service to the lives of people who might otherwise find it difficult to get out of the house and to interact with society. However, in many cases, these drivers do not have professional training and this can lead to some issues over safety.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: "We are keen that the profile of road safety for volunteers is raised, so that the risks they may face – often in potentially stressful situations – are minimised."

As a result, the new video series focuses on such areas as helping volunteer drivers to plan their routes efficiently and to improve their skills behind the wheel. Indeed, the final video is dedicated solely to this aim, and highlights the principle of COAST: Concentration, Observation and Anticipation to give Time and Space.

It is hoped that thousands of volunteer drivers across the UK will benefit from this new campaign from GEM in the months ahead.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Volunteer drivers provide an amazing service and have a beneficial impact on communities up and down the country.

"However, ensuring that this group are always putting safety first is essential when it comes to keeping the roads as safe as possible for everyone."

Posted on 4th January 2017

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