Safety first guide from Northgate

A Sheffield vehicle hire company has launched a drivers’ guide to road safety as part of its commitment to promoting safer driving and to help businesses fulfil their duty of care obligations.

Northgate Vehicle Hire, which has seven depots in the region, has written the guide in association with road safety charity, Brake, to give essential road safety advice to motorists and businesses with commercial vehicles.

Northgate Yorkshire and Humber area sales manager, David Grantham said: “A main priority for businesses is to ensure that they fulfil their duty of care obligations. Driving is often the most dangerous activity they ask their staff to do on a regular basis, so it is essential that they have high safety standards. What’s more, employers have a legal responsibility to take all reasonable and practical steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees at work.

“We have produced the Drivers’ Guide to Road Safety to give our customers, businesses with commercial vehicle requirements and other road users a quick access guide for safe driving practices.”

The guide includes top tips such as how to judge stopping distances and maintenance issues to look out for as well a clarification of the laws on drink driving, mobile phone use and speed limits.

It also includes a self-audit questionnaire for fleet managers to assess whether they are currently achieving ‘best practise’.

The full guide can be accessed at