Are your workers experienced at driving on dirt roads?
Having a car licence says you’re allowed to drive a car, however it doesn’t outline your driving experience.
Many of us who hold a drivers licence have spent most of our driving days on a nice smooth bitumen road, maneuvering our way around obstacles like traffic lights, roundabouts and pedestrian crossing.
When the need arises to stop, we press on the brake pedal and our car will generally respond with a swift, controlled stop.
How a car handles while maneuvering around obstacles and corners on a dirt road vs a bitumen road is very different.
Not to mention the very different obstacles found on a farm, like cattle, sheep, tractors and that big roo who always seems to jump out when you least expect it.
For a driver inexperienced at driving dirt roads, just taking a corner can have them gripping the steering wheel with white knuckles trying to regain control. Or worse, they could cause serious injury to themselves or others that may be on the road.
Making sure your workers are aware of the different challenges on farm roads is important for their safety as well as others. This is why both our HortCard and AgCard online courses include a Driving Safety and Road Conditions module.
Outlining the basics is a great place to start the conversation with your workers about their driving experience. It can also be complimented with practical driving skill assessments and additional practical training as required.
For a turnkey, online safety induction course that can be completed anytime, anywhere or a course more specific to your property, the team at SafeFarm can help.
Get in touch with us today to discuss how we can help you to improve the safety on your farm on 07 3040 3310 or simply reply to this email.
Farm Safety Matters.