Royal Mail Group – Safe & Slow Reversing Communications Initiative (Title “Reversing – The Power of 1 MPH”)
The Royal Mail Group Safety Health and Environment Team’s National Road Safety Manager has launched a Safe and Slow Reversing Communication Initiative which the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department is supporting.
Last year 2,397 road traffic collisions (RTCs) occurred involving RMG (RM, PFWW, RMSS, RMP&FS etc.,) when fleet vehicles were reversing which is over 30% of all RTCs. Road Safety organisations note that reversing a vehicle is sometimes difficult, particularly in a commercial
vehicle where the driver’s visibility is limited. THEREFORE EXTRA CARE AND MOVING THE VEHICLE SLOWLY IS IMPORTANT!
One way to make reversing easier is to keep the vehicle speed DEAD SLOW, by ‘inching’ it backwards at 1 MPH or as slow as possible. The difference it makes is:
- More time – drivers can carefully check mirrors as they reverse and can react to reversing sensors. If a vehicle is reversed at over 4mph, the vehicle will hit an obstruction before the driver even hears the sensors.
- Better control – drivers can make adjustments as they go, increasing the manoeuvrability of the vehicle and making it less likely that they’ll misjudge the space.
- Limited damage – if a driver does make a mistake, the level of damage will be massively reduced. There’s even a chance that there will be no damage at all.
NOTE: It takes just 11 seconds to reverse 5 metres at 1mph.
Key Messages to Drivers:
- Limit your speed when reversing, ‘inching’ it backwards and keeping below 1 MPH.
- Use the clutch to control your speed and cover the brake with your right foot. You shouldn’t need the accelerator to reverse.
- Be cautious – if ever in doubt, just stop. No driver will hit anything when stationary!
- “This Week In Opps” Briefing/Huddle message.
- “RMTV Screen Message. Reversing at 1mph gives you:
*TIME – more time to check your mirrors and react to your sensors
*CONTROL – you can easily make adjustments as you reverse
*OUTCOME – if you do make a mistake, the damage is reduced
In addition to the attached, the RMG National Road Safety Manager will be launching a brief video tutorial on RM Workplace.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer