Driving a vehicle is a common and routine activity, which nearly all of us carry out whether it’s a family car, company car, van or HGVs.

But how often do we really think about the risks involved in driving? Do we ever think about the risks of being a passenger in a vehicle?

Most people think it will never happen to them, however, deaths on the road happen to people every single day.

Sobering facts

Here are the most recent figures from the Department for Transport, Goods Vehicle fatalities on the road (2018) – they make for shocking reading:

  • HGV occupants killed – 14
  • Van occupants killed – 38
  • HGV occupants seriously injured – 146
  • Van occupants seriously injured – 463
  • HGVs involved in fatal or serious injury collisions – 4702
  • Vans involved in fatal or serious injury collisions – 12062

Creating Good Practice

Effective management of work-related road safety helps reduce risk, no matter what size your organisation is and results in:

  • Fewer collisions
  • Fewer injuries to drivers
  • Reduced risk of work-related ill-health
  • Reduced stress, improved morale and company loyalty
  • Reduced driver churn

Remember – driving is probably the most dangerous thing any of us do on a daily basis.

With that in mind, it’s up to all of us to pay full attention to the act of driving rather than going into autopilot and hoping our reactions will be quick enough to keep us safe.

Road Skills Online Professional Development Plan

We believe that regular driver training can help to improve driver’s behaviour on the road, helping you to save ££££’s on your bottom line. One of the monthly Toolbox Talks in our Professional Development Plan is Driving at Work: Death and Injury on the Roads, it’s designed to remind your drivers of what they need to know to stay safe.

Let our online driver training help you deliver Toolbox Talks to your drivers with ease.  Click below to get your virtual demo and free trial!

Save time, save money and keep your drivers safe on the road, it’s a win-win for everybody.

Sources| Department for Transport, Goods Vehicle fatalities on the road (2018)

Published| September 2020