GEM Motoring Assist has launched a new free video resource offering advice for volunteer drivers.
GEM says that 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 has been 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.
David Williams MBE, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist, said: “GEM recognises the value of all volunteer driving, but is also keen that the risks faced by drivers – as well as any risks they pose – should be reduced to a minimum.
“This resource aims to raise the profile of road safety in general for volunteers, and specifically assists with tips on defensive driving, journey planning and maintaining an attitude where safety is promoted and risk is minimised.”
The three videos, with accompanying quiz papers, are ideal for group viewing and discussion, but can equally be used by individuals.
The videos and accompanying quiz papers are freely available from the GEM website.