Businesses still paying heavy crash toll

Vehicles being driven for business are involved in 150 crashes every single day, costing employers millions of pounds.

A third of all accidents occur on work-related journeys.

To combat the issue, road safety charity IAM RoadSmart is aiming to reduce these numbers through its Driving for Work programme. As part of this, it has a range of information, on-road training and seminars to help businesses meet their duty of care responsibility and comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Its courses can also help drivers reduce the likelihood of a crash and drive more efficiently – saving fuel, reducing stress and cutting insurance premiums.

Lesley Upham, IAM RoadSmart commercial director, said, ‘There are many factors to consider when it comes to offering training to business drivers. The cost element is a major one; just think of the impact on your profits of a 35% saving in crashes or a 55% saving in fuel.

‘But the primary consideration has to be the human factor. Quite apart from the stress level amongst business drivers who are often required to keep working as they drive, one-third of all road accidents involve people on business. We cannot have so many business drives ending in shock, injury and sometimes tragedy.’

To underpin its mission, IAM RoadSmart has released a video highlighting some of the techniques taught during its Driving for Work courses.