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How to Make Driving for Work Safer (Infographic)

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How to Make Driving for Work Safer (Infographic)

Most people in the workforce commute to their jobs, setting out on the road each morning and returning from the office in the evening. For some, the job will entail a lot more driving than the morning or evening commutes, though. Many employees either drive as their main profession or need to be on the road as part of the job specification.

The more time you spend on the road, the likelier it is that you could be involved in an accident. Statistics from the Department of Transport show that a third of all road crashes involve somebody driving for work, with 75% of work-related fatalities occurring on the road. People who drive for work are 30% to 40% more likely to be involved in a road crash than ‘non-professional’ drivers.

The situation is not helped by at-work drivers adopting terrible road habits. Shockingly, 3 out of 4 people who drive for work admit to exceeding 35mph in a 30mph zone, while half of at-work drivers have been distracted by personal issues while driving. Other bad habits which are alarmingly common among at-work drivers are talking on handheld devices while driving, speeding when in a hurry and driving while tired or intoxicated.

Employees need to take responsibility for their actions while on the road, but there is also an onus on employers to provide on-the-road staff with safe driving conditions. This means having a ‘driving for work’ policy which sets down clear rules, monitoring the journeys undertaken by staff to ensure that they are driving safely, and devising a plan to eliminate the probability of assigning staff to driving tasks if they are tired, intoxicated or mentally unfit to be on the road.

The infographic below from Southside Motor Factors identifies the professions which are most likely to involve driving for work and gives advice to at-work drivers on how to manage their journeys safely.


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