Van drivers are more likely to be involved in collisions due to tiredness and tailgating rather than speeding, according to a new report by Road Safety Analysis (RSA).
The report, which explores the trends surrounding van driver collisions in Great Britain, has been compiled by RSA in partnership with AXA Business Insurance.
RSA used its MAST Online data analysis tool to analyse 1.34m motor vehicle drivers involved in injury collisions between 2008 and 2012, which included 65,000 crashes involving van drivers.
The report says that collisions involving vans often follow very different patterns from other vehicle crashes. It says that van drivers are crashing more due to tiredness and tailgating and identifies situations which are “far more dangerous in a van” including reversing, motorway driving, parking and changing lanes.
On the other hand, the report says that van drivers “crash less through speed” and are better at negotiating cities, roundabouts, traffic jams and built-up environments.
The report concludes that driver training is “essential”, as is getting better information to employers/drivers on the “special dangers of these vehicles” including longer stopping distances, the effects of loads on vehicle response and visibility issues.