Figures from the Department for Transport conclude that more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving as part of their work. In fact, driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people partake in.
Research by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) uncovered that company car drivers are almost 50% more likely to experience a collision than ordinary drivers. This is even after their extra mileage is considered.
They said, “Drivers who drove more than 80% of their annual mileage on work-related journeys have about 53% more accidents than similar drivers who have no work-related mileage”
Contrary to common perceptions, the cause of many motoring accidents is driver behaviour rather than lack of driving ability. Overall, driver behaviour is the principal contributor to more than 90% of traffic accidents.
As opposed to someone’s knowledge of, and aptitude for, driving the car they are in, driver behaviour describes someone’s attitude to the driving scenarios that face them. For instance, an individual with a high-risk driving behaviour would respond by driving aggressively when experiencing road rage.
Expanding Training Parameters.
For many companies a driver-training programme is already a compulsory part of employment. However, traditional training plans have been criticised for developing driving skill while neglecting driver attitude.
Making this small change could not only save lives and improve a workforce’s mental wellbeing through reduced stress, it could also prove to be financially beneficial. This is because correct driving behaviours have proven to increase driver productivity, reduce fuel consumption and improve vehicle reliability.
Both online and in-person training programmes exist for all drivers to learn best practice behavioural driving, whether at work or otherwise.
Here are just a few:
1 more second is an online defensive driving course. It aims to educate drivers in making an ‘attitude and behaviour shift’ and seeks to equip drivers with the tools to manage their choices and emotions before they lead to destructive actions.
Roadwise Driver Training provide interactive workshops that ensure a safer, more controlled approach to everyday driving. This is both to reduce the risk of being in a collision but also to make driving a less stressful experience.
DriverMetrics is an online assessment and e-learning package that identifies potentially dangerous driver behaviours. It can then suggest a targeted training programme.