Title: Safer Journeys for Volunteer Drivers
Organisation: GEM Motoring Assist
Date uploaded: 10th June 2014
Date published/launched: May 2014
This free resource, which offers advice for volunteer drivers, comprises three short videos and was launched to coincide with Volunteers' Week 2014.
Volunteer drivers typically use their own vehicles to provide transport for others to and from medical appointments, shopping trips or similar journeys. They are unpaid but often claim a mileage allowance.
This first video focuses on drivers, the vehicles they use and the journeys they make. It covers the importance of regular vehicle checks, document checks and journey planning.
The second video was devised in partnership with the ambulance service to assist those who volunteer as community first responders. It explains that although they may be driving to urgent, sometimes life-threatening medical emergencies, the drivers needs to ensure they stay safe and within the law at all times. This video includes an introduction from chief constable Suzette Davenport, ACPO lead for roads policing.
The third video looks at the principles of COAST: Concentration, Observation and Anticipation to give Space and Time. It contains expert advice all drivers can implement to reduce their risk.
The three videos, with accompanying quiz papers, are ideal for group viewing and discussion, but can equally be used by individuals. They are freely available from the GEM website.
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