Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

A third of UK van drivers admit to less careful driving at work

More than a third of UK van drivers drive more carefully when using their personal vehicle, according to a recent study by TomTom.

The company conducted the research on light commercial vehicles drivers, as part of its project to examine business use of vehicles, compared to personal use of vehicles.

Results showed that 67 per cent of those who admitted to better driving in their personal vehicle, did so to save money on fuel and vehicle wear and tear.

59 per cent blamed working time pressures for more dangerous driving at work, saying they were more likely to speed or take risks in their work vehicles.

Only 20 per cent of those questioned said their company provides training to help them drive more safely and efficiently.

“A significant proportion of at-work drivers demonstrate clear awareness of the benefits of safe, efficient driving, which is applied in their personal vehicles – but working pressures are adversely affecting performance,” said Thomas Schmidt, TomTom business solutions’ managing director.

“The onus is on employers to take action by encouraging higher standards behind the wheel and minimising the time pressures facing mobile workers.”

“Greener, safer, more efficient driving practices require businesses to collaborate with their drivers.”