RoSPA estimates that 1 in 3 accidents involve someone driving in the course of business, and yet only 1 in10 vehicles on the road are being used for work purposes.
We can conclude that driving for work must be more dangerous and of course driving activities are more likely to affect the public at large, so a business can be exposed to more risk from its on road activities, than other areas of business activity.
Making a few changes to the way in which you operate your fleet, training your drivers, and incentivizing them to change their driving habits, can easily save a lot of money when you consider the following:
- insurance statistics prove that drivers that have been involved in some form of advanced/defensive driver training are far less likely to have a road traffic accident. These statistics are real, and insurers reflect this by awarding much lower fleet insurance premiums to companies that have a driver training programme in place.
- fewer work related collisions, means reduced costs in terms of vehicles and or people off the road, and reduced insurance excess payouts.
- driver’s that receive Eco Driving Training have been proven to use up to 15% less fuel.
- regular driver training has been proven beneficial to both Driver and Employer in reducing the severity and frequency of work related driving accidents.
- particularly in the case of liveried vehicles, the behaviour of company drivers; positive or negative, can have a direct effect on how consumers view your company or brand. The cost of a fine for breach of Health and Safety Law, could well pale into insignificance, when looked at in relation to lost business due to potential damage caused to a company’s reputation.
- finding good employees can be time consuming and expensive. Its been proven that quality employees are attracted to companies that offer training and staff feel a loyalty to employers that provide them with ongoing training.
Combining standard company car and van trainer assessments and training, with Energy Saving Trust Approved Eco Driving Training is a good way to cut the cost as E.S.T provides a £ 25 per subsidy per driver trained.