As January comes to an end and we approach February we will be preparing our fleet for February ½ term skiing. This year we have coaches travelling to Austria, Italy and France.
Checks will be made to ensure that all the vehicles have snow chains and chocks on board so that there are prepared for all weather conditions.
As part of Galleon driver training programme we ensure that all driver understand how snow chains work, when to use them and above all how to fit them correctly and safely.
Traveling through Europe by coach now demands a very high standard of operation and coach operators need to keep themselves updates on a regular basis. Each country may vary when setting their standard but we ensure that all our vehicles have the follows items on board:
All drive axle tyres are fitted with winterised tyres.
All tyres are changed when the thread reaches 5mm.
All vehicle carry Amber flashing beacons and triangles for safety should a vehicle become immobile.
Hi visibility vests readily available for all adults on board the vehicle.
A complete set of engine belts and an emergency mirror on board each vehicle.
A driver tool kit and a full bulb kit.
These are just some of the things that give us piece of mind when our coaches travel through Europe along with our competent experienced drivers.
Safety is paramount and a strict adherence to drivers hours regulations, ensuring our drivers receive ample rest and a company ban on any of our drivers working on the final day of their tour prior to the departure homeward bound will give everybody peace of mind.
I hope all our customers have a great ½ term holidays and our drivers stay safe.