The POWDERY checks are a good way for business drivers to ensure their vehicles are fit for the road before setting out on a journey.
P – Petrol
Always check fuel levels before setting off. Drivers that do longer journeys will need to pay more attention and it can be worth noting down petrol stations along the route. Marking some petrol stations in your satnav or navigation app will also make it easier to set them as a destination before drivers set off.
O – Oil
When did you last do an oil check? Most new cars will let drivers know when oil levels are running low, but for older vehicles it’s worth checking regularly. Each vehicle’s handbook will give guidance on this but checking once a month will ensure it doesn’t dip below recommended levels.
W – Water
Have you checked your vehicle fluid levels? Again, modern cars will warn drivers when their coolant levels are low, but ideally it shouldn’t get to this point. Advise your drivers to check water levels and buy coolant for their vehicle to top it up whenever necessary.
D – Damage
It’s worth checking tyres and bodywork to ensure there is no visible damage. Business drivers may be asked to fill out damage report cards, but it’s worth advising any grey fleet drivers to also check for damage before it turns into a more serious issue.
E – Electrics
Check that all lights are working, preferably with someone to operate the switches and pedals whilst the driver walks around. Its also worth checking that the wipers and horn work. Combined, these electrics checks will mean there’s no surprises when out on the road.
R – Rubber
Visually checking tyres for flats before every journey ensures that drivers will not damage their wheels, or pose a safety risk to themselves and others, further down the road. It’s also worth checking tyre tread depth is at least 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre.
Y – You
The final check is the driver themselves. Have your drivers ask themselves “Am I fit to drive? Have I been under the weather? Will I be in full control of the vehicle?” Medication and tiredness can affect driving, and concentration levels may not be 100% if a driver is ill or stressed. Make sure drivers check they’re fit to drive and take a break before setting off if necessary.
If you’re a fleet or grey fleet manager, ensuring that checks such as these are carried out can help to minimise break-downs and incidents when out on the road.