MORE than half (59%) of fleet managers overlooked how much risk exposure can be cut down simply by driving less for work, according to an annual survey of fleet managers by the Fleet Safety Forum, a division of road safety charity Brake.
Encouraging employees to take public transport and use each journey efficiently also cuts down fuel, insurance, maintenance and parking charges, according to the annual survey which compared road risk management practices among 134 organisations ranging from global to small family-run businesses.
Young drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of crashes owing to inexperience and over-confidence.
Almost half of companies (47%) have specific young driver policies in place but only one in three (29%) have additional or tailored risk assessments for young drivers.
Almost half (44%) of organisations are addressing the increased risk posed by excess speed by using telematics to monitor speed and improve driver safety.
Brake recognises the progress fleet managers have made to improve safety, but says there is more that can be done.
Jools Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: ‘Encouraging public transport and making efficient use of every journey helps minimise the amount of time spent ‘on the road’, reducing exposure to risk. This is an easy way of cutting down insurance, maintenance and fuel costs.’
The research report is free for subscribers to the Fleet Safety Forum. The first 50 non-subscriber companies to request a copy of report can do so for free, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thereafter it costs £5 for non-subscribers.