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Fleet and HSE Professionals Podcast Series - Episode 2
Welcome to our series of free podcasts where we offer advice on a number of work-related road safety issues featuring leading Traffic and Transport Psychologist, Professor Stephen Stradling. In each podcast Drive Smarter offers information both for safety professionals like you and for your employees.

Reporting Near Misses:

In this podcast Professor Steve Stradling talks to James Luckhurst of Drive Smarter about what can be gained from a culture that promotes ‘near miss’ reporting:

  • "The more information you have about a problem, the more helpful it is, so if we can get a clearer idea of what kinds of things it is they’re having difficulty with at the moment,” explains Stephen. “We have been looking at a number of ‘Diversion from Prosecution’ courses recently. Each looks at a particular offence and we are using the information from them as indicators of what sort of help a particular person needs.

  • "For example, take a driver who goes the wrong way up a one way street. If he missed the sign, then there may be skill deficit where we can encourage and train better observation. However, if he wilfully turned the wrong way up the one way street, to save time, it sounds like an attitude deficit which needs a different approach.

  • "Employers could be in a much stronger position if they can collect more information about their drivers’ crashes, knocks, dents – and near misses – as it helps them know the right sort of steps they should put in place to help that particular driver.”

For HSE and Fleet Professionals:

  • Don’t just collect information, Use it. The information you collect about ‘near misses’ can be invaluable in helping to understand where your drivers are individually at greatest risk and driving with reduced safety margins.
  • Understanding the areas where your drivers are at risk will help you identify the most appropriate and cost-effective interventions.
  • Look for ways to migrate any blame-based culture to one that encourages and rewards.

For Your Employees:

  • Think of a recent ‘near miss’. Don’t try to decide whose fault it was, but instead think about what you could have done differently that would have avoided the risky moment.
  • Take practical steps to minimise danger on the road. Keep your windscreen and windows clear and clean. Always reverse park. And book an eye test.
  • Minimise distractions on journeys. This can improve your anticipation, and may help ensure you identify any developing risks much earlier.




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