Added on: 15th June, 2017 by Caroline_9383
Keeping on top of van maintenance during the Summer months is essential, as the heat can take its toll on both the driver and the vehicle, a Sheffield business has warned.
JCT 600 Sheffield Van Centre, based Europa Link, has issued a summer safety alert urging van drivers and fleet operators to check that their vehicles are ready for the Summer weather.
James Cubitt, head of business at JCT 600 Sheffield, said: “Keeping employees safe and productive while on the road is a key responsibility for any employer and, during hot summers, drivers can struggle to keep focused while driving.
“Feeling sleepy or irritable in a hot vehicle makes it harder to drive safely. While the only real cure for fatigue is sleep, efficient air conditioning can help keep drivers fresh and alert and help to provide a more comfortable working environment.
“A rise in temperature can also have an effect on other areas of a vehicle. Worn brake components or fluid that’s too old or has sunk below the minimum level can affect how quickly a van stops - a spongy brake pedal could indicate a problem here. Changing the fluid will help a vehicle brake more efficiently.”
James added: “It’s important these areas are checked at least every two years to make sure they’re working properly and to maintain the safety of the vehicle. We would urge people to keep on top of their vehicle maintenance.”
For more information, telephone 0114 282 5734.