Company drivers more accident-prone, study reveals


CRASH: Study findings ‘concerning’

Drivers of business fleet vehicles are 25% more likely than company drivers using their own vehicles to have a minor accident, a study has claimed.

The survey, by IAM Drive and Survive, asked respondents about car park bumps and minor scrapes in a work vehicle versus a personal vehicle used for work.

It found that 63% of such accidents occurred in a work vehicle.

The survey also revealed 17% of fleet drivers are more likely to speed when driving for work, compared to 11% when driving for leisure.

Only 31% of respondents said they did not speed at all.

Driving in a fuel efficient manner was a bigger consideration in private vehicles (73%), than in a work or company vehicle (60%).

Simon Best, Chief Executive of IAM Drive and Survive, said: “While many of those surveyed were careful drivers, we were concerned to find that just under a third recorded little or no concern for any damage to their company vehicle and that only a quarter of those using their vehicles for work consistently obeyed speed limits, compared to 39% in private cars.

“Our findings have highlighted a serious disconnect between the driver and their level of responsibility for the vehicle they drive.

“It seems that not owning the vehicle reduces the driver’s desire to use it in the safest and most fuel-efficient manner, as well as distancing them from the responsibility of checking their vehicle is road worthy.

“The benefits of car ownership aren’t purely financial.

“People are a company’s biggest asset, and providing them with the necessary skills to be safe on the road is essential.”

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