A significant number of people who drive for work are risking crashes by texting, speeding and grooming at the wheel, according to research released today (4 January) by Brake and Direct Line.
In a survey of 532 at-work drivers, 31% admitted to texting while driving; 17% admitted to carrying out personal grooming activities such as applying make up and even shaving behind the wheel; and 76% admitted to driving at more than 35mph in built up areas.
Brake points out that 30% of journeys on Britain’s roads are made by drivers who are at work, and the charity estimates that these drivers are 30-40% more likely to be involved in a crash than people driving in their own time.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “It is appalling so many people who drive in a professional capacity are taking such unnecessary risks, doing things we all know are unbelievably dangerous behind the wheel.
“People who drive as part of their job should be taking great care to stay within the law and not put people in danger, but according to these results, at-work drivers are more likely to take many deadly risks than other drivers.
“We are urging all employers to ensure they have comprehensive safe driving policies in place and that staff know the importance of not speeding or driving distracted.
“We are also calling on anyone who drives for work to make a commitment to stay within speed limits, stay off the phone, and focused on the critical task at hand.”
For more information contact Franki Hackett on 01484 550063.