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Dundee business helps drivers stay cool this summer‏

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A Dundee business is focused on keeping van drivers safe and alert on the roads this summer.

A Dundee business is focused on keeping van drivers safe and alert on the roads this summer.

After safety organisation ROSPA suggested that 20 per cent of road accidents on major roads are fatigue-related, Clark Commercials Van Centre Dundee stressed the need for employers to maintain their vehicles during the hot summer months.

Joe McCauley, head of business at Clark Commercials Van Centre Dundee, 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, boosting safety as well as employee productivity.”

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 your van stops - a spongy brake pedal could indicate a problem here. Changing the fluid will help a vehicle brake more efficiently.

Joe added: “We are encouraging all van owners to take advantage of our ‘Stop and Breathe’ offer which will include changing the vehicle’s brake fluid and servicing the air conditioning system. 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.”

The ‘Stop and Breathe’ service costs £99 and is available until 29th July 2016. During the appointment technicians will drain and re-charge the systems, examine hoses and check for any leaks.

To make an appointment call Clark Commercials Van Centre Dundee on 01382 721 140

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