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
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