van safety

Unfortunately it is no surprise to see mobile phones topping the list as the number one driving distraction

SMALLER business van fleets are putting safety on the back seat and not being proactive to protect themselves from potentially huge claims, according to a survey.

Brake and Licence Bureau questioned 228 fleets about driver education and the topics they cover, including mobile phone use and speeding. Around half (49%) operate fewer than 100 vehicles and they found a third are failing to educate or train their drivers in key areas.

Six in 10 (61%) don’t instruct drivers to look twice for bikes at junctions

The most common areas covered were mobile phones and other distractions (63%), hazard awareness (58%) and speed awareness (57%).

Two-thirds (68%) don’t tell drivers to slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops, and six in 10 (61%) don’t instruct drivers to look twice for bikes at junctions.

Although two-thirds (67%) instruct drivers not to use any kind of mobile phone at the wheel, only one in four (26%) tell drivers to switch their phones off.

Almost one in four (23%) do not tell drivers to take any simple life-saving measures.

It is estimated that up to 95% of crashes are down to driver error.