Recent research by Lightfoot, a telematics and tracking company, suggests that the leading cause of fleet accidents (at 12% of the total) is work-related stress. A further 16% is also directly work-related, as it is shared between receiving phone calls and getting urgent work emails at the wheel.
So, what could be behind these figures? For a start, stressed drivers could take more risks behind the wheel, such as switching lanes regularly. They may also drive more aggressively and tailgate motorists in front of them.
However, there is more to it than this. Analysis from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests that workload is, by far, the biggest source of workplace stress – and if you feel as though you have to rush everywhere, you are likely to cut corners. Speeding contributes to one in four fatal crashes in Britain, while taking handsfree calls increases the risk of crashes fourfold. Even eating behind the wheel doubles the chance of a crash.
We want to help our customers look after their drivers’ mental health, so we have introduced a CALM pack in the LeasePlan Driver Pack. These are included in every vehicle we have on the road, so there are almost 70,000 at the last count. You can find out more about them here.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) also has lots of helpful information, including a ‘Driving for Work’ guide. It’s a free download from their website and it covers many different issues that can affect driver safety, including mental health.
You can also find out more from the following sites:
- Driving for Better Business (DfBB)
- Think! Road Safety
- Road Safety GB
- Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ORSA) + Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA)
- Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
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