There have been reports recently of dropping driving standards on UK roads. From this report looking at data from The Ministry of Justice which indicates drug driving, speeding and dangerous driving hit record highs in 2021. To this recent article from Lancashire Police which shows 1 in 8 drivers stopped during the first of their Christmas drink and drug-drive campaign were driving under the influence.
And we’ve heard plenty of anecdotal stories about poor standards of driving, through to more aggressive and impatient behaviour behind the wheel.
Why may driving standards be dropping?
Prolonged absences from the road during COVID-19 lockdowns may have impacted on people’s driving behaviour. As well as the adjustment to getting back to normal as the number of vehicles on the roads return to pre pandemic levels. But regardless of what has caused a potential deterioration in driver behaviour, if you are a fleet manager now may be an opportune time to remind your drivers of the responsibility that comes with driving for work. Especially if they are in charge of a large or heavy goods vehicle.
Keep in mind that the recent changes to the Highway Code and introduction of the hierarchy of road users place more responsibility on road users who have the potential to do the most harm so it will be important to be fully aware of what this means for your drivers.
Managing driver behaviour amongst your fleet drivers
When it comes to managing driver behaviour amongst your fleet drivers, areas you may look to consider include
- driver training on your driving for work policies
- driver training on rules of the road, any changes made and the latest Highway Code
- ensuring your company culture does not lead to drivers engaging in poor driving behaviours
- ensuring drivers have an awareness of driving offences they can be convicted of and the penalties that go along with these
- making use of technology which can help track driving behaviour. And using this data to inform driver training
Whatever strategies you employ, managing driving behaviour amongst your fleet drivers is important. As well as managing risks that your drivers may face themselves.
At Anthony Jones we view risk management as a vital part of the service that we provide. If you are unaware of what actions to take in the event of a serious accident involving injuries or fatalities and what will happen to your driver and your business, you should be. We’re partnered with DAC Beachcroft, who have a specialist motor prosecutions team, available if you or one of your drivers is involved in a serious road traffic accident. And with Cardinus who are a global risk and safety partner for Fleet Risk Management services. For more information on how we can help you and your fleet if you are reviewing your commercial motor insurance at this time do get in touch with us on 020 8290 9099 or email us at email@example.com.