How safe is driving for work?

Last updated: 04 Mar 2020

Few organisations can operate without using the road, but for many Prospect members, driving is likely to be the most dangerous things they do while working. It is thought that between one quarter and one third of road traffic accidents involve someone who was driving for work.

According to Department for Transport figures, over 500 people are killed on the roads each year in accidents involving someone driving or riding for work, and more than 5,000 are seriously injured. These figures have failed to improve in recent years, but over the longer term the trend is more positive.

It is commonly said that most car accidents are due to driver error. However, research has shown that most crashes are caused by simple errors of perception or judgement by drivers who are usually compliant and safe. There can be a number of reasons for people making mistakes, including fatigue, time pressure and being distracted by in-car tasks.

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