1st March 2023
Performing a thorough and effective driver walk around is essential for ensuring the safety of HGVs on UK roads. Here are some steps you can take to improve the quality of the driver walk around:
Provide adequate training: Make sure that all drivers are properly trained in how to perform a comprehensive walk around. This should include a detailed checklist of all the items that need to be checked, as well as guidance on how to identify potential issues.
Use a standardised checklist: Develop a standardised checklist that includes all the items that need to be checked during a walk around. This will help to ensure that no important items are missed.
Conduct regular inspections: Schedule regular inspections to ensure that drivers are performing the walk around correctly and to identify any areas where improvements could be made.
Make the checklist visible: Make sure that the checklist is clearly visible to drivers and that it is easily accessible. This will help to ensure that drivers are more likely to use it and that they will be reminded of all the items that need to be checked.
Encourage drivers to report issues: Encourage drivers to report any issues or problems that they identify during the walk around. This will help to ensure that issues are identified and addressed promptly.
Monitor and review: Monitor the quality of the walk arounds being performed and review the checklist regularly to ensure that it remains up-to-date and effective.
By following these steps, you can help to ensure that drivers are performing effective and comprehensive walk arounds, which will help to improve the safety and reliability of HGVs on UK roads.