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In the last 12 years, more than 62,000 people have died or been seriously hurt in a road traffic accident, with over 500,000 injured in work-related road crashes. Employees required to drive for their jobs are becoming an increasingly vulnerable sector. But while these may be worrying figures, advanced driving courses can significantly reduce the risk faced by all road users, especially those driving for work. 

Work-related crashes cost employers £2.7 billion

Not just devasting for everyone involved, road accidents have considerable reputational, financial, and legal implications for employers. Whether it involves company cars, commercial vehicles, or staff driving their own cars for work-related appointments. Business-related road crashes cost employers over £2.7 billion each year.

Employer responsibility

If you are an employer, the law requires you to consider the health and safety competencies of your employees when you task them with a job. You are obliged to ensure that they are adequately trained before being exposed to any workplace risks. And remember, for professional drivers, their workplace is the road.

Driver mistakes cause 95% of collisions 

Mistakes by drivers cause 95% of accidents on the road, figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reveal. For employees, improving your driving skills is the best way for you to reduce your own risk of being hurt and also the risk for other road users. 

Reduce your risk when driving for work

Regardless of how long you have held your driving license, you are likely to have forgotten some of what you were taught and go on to develop your own bad habits. But that is why further training is so important in helping you become a better, more prepared and vigilant driver who can spot signs of danger and able to take better control of the car.

Advanced drivers 25% less likely to crash

When a driver becomes an advanced driver they become 25 percent less likely to be involved in a road accident, says RoSPA. Advanced drivers are more observant and better at anticipating changes. These improved driving skills and road knowledge will also save you money on the costs of running and protecting your work vehicle.

Regain skills many drivers forget

An advanced driving course will show you how to drive with confidence and in a safe way on all types of roads. The course will include reading the road ahead, vehicle positioning, dealing with different weather conditions and economic driving. All skills that many drivers gradually lose or forget.

Improve your driving skills for business and home

The advanced skills will make a much safer and more efficient driver. These improved skills will not just benefit your employer’s business, it will have also have a positive impact on your own personal driving skills outside of work. 

The road can be a dangerous place for any road user. For people who drive for work, however, the risks of being involved in a road traffic accident is far greater. But by improving your driver knowledge, skills and confidence on the road you can help to protect your own safety and those of other road users.

 

Kindly written and supplied by Jennifer Dawson

Britain’s a nation of angry drivers

Every week, 30 million car drivers are left raging on the roads, according to research conducted on behalf of Ocean Finance.

With as many as 10 million Brits getting agitated behind the wheel every day, it would seem the streets of the UK are a major cause of anger.

Those living in Wales were most likely to keep their cool when faced with driving annoyances. Comparatively, the North East comes out as the hotspot for hotheads, with 92% admitting to losing their rag on the road at least once a week.

Furthermore, men (88%) were marginally more likely to see red than women (84%).

Tailgating, people not indicating and people who use their mobile phone behind the wheel came out as the top pet peeves for most drivers. Other common irritations include:

Bad habits on the road  Number of people who say they get annoyed by others doing this

Not indicating

6.6m

Tailgaters

6.6m

Using a mobile phone

6.5m

Being cut-up

2.6m

Speeding

2.6m

Not saying ‘thank you’

2.4m

Driving below the speed limit

2m

Blocking junctions

2m

Jumping traffic lights

1.2m

Drifting out of lanes

0.9m

 

When faced with people who annoy them on the road, 8 million Brits swear to release their frustration and a further 4.5 million use hand gestures to make their anger known.

As many as half a million Brits say that they would go to the length of following the car until it stops so they can tell the driver off – 18 to 24-year-olds were twice as likely to do this than any other age group.

Worryingly, one in three drivers say they have been in an incident as a result of someone’s careless, bad driving habits. While most (8 million) got away with just a minor incident, 2.5 million were caught up in a more serious accident.

Ian Williams, Ocean’s spokesperson, said: “The vast majority of drivers are careful, polite and considerate.  However, when we do encounter one that isn’t it seems that many of us struggle to keep our cool.  We’d urge drivers who encounter some dodgy driving to stay calm – getting stressed isn’t going to help.”

Editors’ notes

* Red Dot questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 and over between 14th March 2016 – 17th March 2016, of whom 636 were Scottish residents. Figures have been extrapolated to fit ONS 2013 population projections of 50,371,000 UK adults.

About Ocean Finance

Established in 1991, Ocean Finance is one of the UK’s leading loan and mortgage brokers. The company works with many of the UK’s leading loan and mortgage lenders to help people find the right deal.

Website: www.oceanfinance.co.uk

For further information please contact:

Ian Williams

Ian.williams@thinkmoneygroup.com

@iwill41

 

Tel: 0161 605 6005 / Mob: 07855 214851