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In the course of work staff may have to make journeys in their car alone. There have been a number of incidents nationally in the recent past, which have highlighted the potential dangers and have raised awareness of how vulnerable each one of us could be despite the care we take.
However, the risk of such an incident is extremely low. The lone worker should be given practical guidance on how to reduce the possible dangers that may occur whilst driving alone.
If you are in this situation good practice includes:-
Staff who drive on their own should be aware of the potential of accidents. Driving for long periods can cause you to have an accident. Travelling on foot or public transport, you need to think ahead and be alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep to busy, well-lit roads and avoid poorly lit or quiet underpass. Avoid carrying valuables, for example excessive amounts of cash or expensive jewellery. When traveling on public transport always try to sit near the driver on a driver-only bus or stay downstairs.
If possible, wait for the public transport at a busy stop and one that is well lit, or a stop close to area of activity - for example at a garage or a late opening shop. Have the fare ready and keep it separate from other money or valuables you have on you.
Be very careful if you are on your phone, as this is distracting and you may not be aware of the risks around you and finally, try to avoid having hands full with heavy bags and always be aware of your surroundings.