A hazard is something that may require you to change your vehicle’s position, direction or speed and is made up of one or more of three factors. A hazard can be:

– Physical: These are features in the road or static objects that obscure your line of vision such as junctions, roundabouts, buildings, hedges, trees, bends and parked vehicles

– Moving: This is anything that can and does move such as pedestrians, cyclists, animals and other vehicles

– An environmental change: Anything that affects the road surface or driving conditions can be a potential hazard such as potholes, fog, rain, snow and ice or low sun to name a few

To avoid a hazard, TTC trainer Manjit Bhanot said drivers should constantly be scanning the road and anticipating potential risks. He said there are several techniques drivers can adopt and all involve going back to basics. Here are three of Manjit’s suggestions.

– Stay within the speed limit to give yourself enough time to scan the road and act on what you see ahead

– If you see a hazard such as parked cars or a cyclist, adopt an early position on approach to improve visibility

– Keep a safe distance from other road uses to allow yourself time to stop if the vehicle in front comes to a halt suddenly

This e-learning mini-course is part of our all-in-one package providing fleet operators with the complete life cycle of compliance, administration and risk management. Find out more about how we can support and improve your fleet operation – visit our Managed Service area or call 03330 113 113.