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Business drivers turn a blind eye to road safety

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

New research reveals the extent to which pressure to meet business targets post-recession is compromising road safety.

•  A fifth of business drivers* exceed the speed limit, and as many as one in ten drive through red lights to get to
     appointments on time or meet targets.
  •  Sales reps are the most dangerous business drivers, but van drivers are more likely to ignore vehicle faults
     and haulage drivers are not given enough time to sleep between shifts.
  •  Business drivers in Scotland are more likely to drive dangerously for work purposes than any other region.
  •  Men driving for work purposes are significantly more likely to drive dangerously than women.

Apparently one in four business drivers are under pressure to get to appointments on time and meet ambitious sales or delivery targets, leading to dangerous and in some

The findings show that a fifth of business drivers exceed the speed limit, while one in ten drives through red lights, undertakes slow vehicles or drives when tired. In addition, as many as one in seven answers work calls while driving without using hands-free equipment, more than a third eat and drink on the move and a fifth smoke behind the wheel.

The study highlights real variations between genders, UK regions and types of business drivers. Men are far more likely to engage in dangerous practices than women when driving for work – for instance, they are twice as likely as women to send emails while at the wheel.

Sales reps are the most dangerous business drivers. More than half eat and drink on the move, while a fifth juggle driving with checking text messages and calendar appointments on a mobile device. A third also openly admit to breaking the speed limit.