Drivers on way home ‘dangerous’

Time 3:50 pm, March 25, 2008

BUSINESS drivers are increasingly falling foul of the ‘Cinderella effect’ by obeying the rules of the road during working hours but driving dangerously when travelling home, says AA Business Services.


While rises in the use of in-car telematics can mean that business drivers are on their best behaviour when under the watchful eye of their employer, there is a tendency for driving standards to slip as soon as they are not being monitored.


As a result, the UK’s biggest motoring organisation is urging fleet managers to tackle the behaviour of their drivers by introducing driver training programmes, which not only help to demonstrate a businesses duty-of-care, but can also play a significant role in reducing a company’s fuel spend.  


Some of the benefits of driver training programmes include the ability to meet ‘duty of care’ obligations, assisting in managing fuel costs and reducing accident rates. 


Paul Holmes, head of risk management at AA Business Services, said: ‘It is vital that business drivers understand that good driving does not stop at the end of the working day. The nine-to-five syndrome can have a big impact on the attitudes of business drivers, who may let driving standards slip when they feel they are no longer in work mode.


‘It is by addressing the attitudes of fleet managers through programmes such as driver training that will help to change this behaviour. Introducing such an initiative can not only encourage a driver to adopt best-practice by driving responsibly at all times, but it will also deliver tangible benefits in terms of cost savings both in the workplace and at home.’

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