Driver training and safety
The University of Sheffield wants to ensure that you, as a driver are safe while driving the vehicle you have hired.
Special consideration while driving in adverse weather conditions
1. In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is essential take great care and allow more time for your journey. Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down. For further details on driving in adverse weather conditions, view here.
2. Driving licence categories changed in 1997. If your licence was issued before then, you can find the equivalent new category and check what types of vehicles you can hire here. Check if you are eligible to drive in the UK with your non-GB licence here. At the University, you will usually be required to have licence category B, which is granted for driving Cars or Light Vans (Maximum Authorised Mass of 3500kgs or up to 8 passengers). In the event that you are hiring the Minibus, you will need category D1 which allows 9 - 16 passengers.
3. If you need to carry certain goods / equipment using the van, you will need to ensure that the weight is evenly distributed and well secured so the content doesn't fall off, causing danger to yourself and other drivers as well. The Road Traffic Act, the Construction and Use Regulations set out the requirements that are pertinent to both you and the University.
Employees who drive their own vehicle at work must take care while driving. Click here to read more.