FORS -Safe Driving Information for Winter

Sussex Transport are very proud to be a member of FORS – which is the Fleet Operator
Recognition Scheme
. This is a voluntary accreditation scheme encompassing all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations. FORS help fleet operators to measure and monitor performance and alter their operations in order to demonstrate best practice.

At this time of year both Drivers and Fleet Managers are prompted to plan routes in full and check the weather forecast in advance of each journey – this planning is imperative ahead of journeys in the seasonal wet, cold and windy weather. All professional drivers in charge of heavy commercial vehicles need to know how to drive safely in snow, rain, ice and in poor visibility to keep themselves and other road users safe.

Please do not leave things to chance and remember the importance of completing those
mandatory daily key safety checks, including performing tyre checks and effectively managing fuel use.

FORS Manager Sonia Hayward said “Winter weather poses additional challenges for
commercial vehicle drivers. It is important that they adapt to the change in season and prepare themselves and their vehices for the different road conditions they will almost certainly face – many of which will be highly changeable even in one journey”

FORS Winter Driving Guide provides:

  • Advice and tips to help drivers mitigate against adverse and changeable weather
  • Tips on how to drive safely in snow, ice, heavy rain, strong winds and fog
  • Advice on forward planning
  • Suggestions on equipment and clothing to carry in case of emergency

FORS Tyre Management Guide provides:

  • Tips on writing a tyre management policy
  • Practical advice on tyre monitoring and maintenance
  • Tips on how well-maintained tyres can help save fuel
  • Tips on how well-maintained tyres can help reduce emissions
  • Advice on tyre checks for all weathers
  • Advice on improving tyre wear
  • Tyre selection and tread depths

So for all our older drivers and those who remember The Hill Street Blues: Lets be careful out there!!

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