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Long distance driving – The difficulties for remote workers

Long distance driving - The difficulties for remote workers

At Transcool Systems, our experienced team of engineering personnel work all over the UK providing quality mechanical and electrical engineering solutions, including broadcasting solutions and military communications, air cooling systems, and commercial electrical solutions.

The very nature of the work we do takes our team mainly away from any built up areas, for example, on the top of mountains and hills all over the UK, such as the Yorkshire Dales, Welsh valleys, Lake District, Scottish Highlands and also to remote off-shore islands.

As the weather starts to take a turn for the worse, it’s these remote areas that can sometimes be worst hit by severe weather conditions, such as ice, high winds, driving rain and heavy snow, with the roads being not as clearly visible as they might be in a major city.

As drivers, we’re all aware that long distance driving in general can be challenging, both physically and mentally. And according to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do.

Over 100 people are killed or seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone who was driving or riding for work.

Therefore, employers of people who drive long distances for work must conduct suitable risk assessments to ensure driver safety, competency and the suitability of the vehicles being used. This becomes even more vital, once the severe weather sets in.

Ways to help ensure the safety of remote workers

So, what can be done to ensure the safety and well-being of personnel, such as our engineers, who are often driving to far flung and remote locations to build mechanical and electrical installations on these sites?

As a company, we aim to arrange accommodation near the sites that offer comfort and food in the same place, this reduces the need for additional driving and enables a greater chance for proper rest when not behind the wheel.

We also put in place our adverse weather and lone working policies, which look to fully protect our teams.

These include the following ten suggestions for long distance driving that our remote workforce can make use of:

  • Plan the journey well, bearing in mind any roadworks, delays, adverse weather conditions or danger spots
  • Take regular stops and comfort breaks on the journey – potentially 15 minutes every couple of hours
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water for greater focus and energy
  • Ensure intake of all the right vitamins and minerals in your food to provide maximum energy
  • Stock up on a good amount of sleep before any long drives
  • Ensure the seating in a vehicle is properly adjusted to suit the driver
  • Listen to audio books to stay focussed
  • Share the driving, where possible
  • Ensure the vehicle being used is well maintained and ready for the journey, by keeping fluids topped up and tyres checked, for example, to avoid breakdowns
  • Be aware of the onset of fatigue and pull over in a safe place for a break if it occurs

Quality Industrial Engineering Solutions for your industry

From start to finish, Transcool Systems prides itself on having a professional and experienced workforce which can confidently provide the full design, management, engineering, and implementation of quality industrial, electrical and mechanical engineering projects within a broad range of industries.

If you have any questions regarding our products or services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today, or phone us on +44 (0)1903 733911.