Of the 15,753 crashes on the county's roads in the last three years, one in four has involved a business driver - but few organisations realise just how much road crashes are actually costing them.
The benefits to you from managing work-related road safety can be considerable, no matter the size of your business.
- It allows you to exercise better control over costs, such as wear and tear and fuel, insurance premiums and legal fees and claims from employees and third parties.
- It also allows you to make informed decisions about matters such as driver training and vehicle purchase, and helps you identify where health and safety improvements can be made.
- Case studies and research have shown that benefits from managing work-related road safety and reducing crashes include:
- fewer days lost due to injury;
- reduced risk of work-related ill health;
- reduced stress and improved morale;
- less need for investigation and paperwork;
- less lost time due to work rescheduling;
- fewer vehicles off the road for repair;
- reduced running costs through better driving standards;
- fewer missed orders and business opportunities so reduced risk of losing the goodwill of customers;
- less chance of key employees being banned from driving, e.g. as a result of points on their licences.
Promoting sound health and safety driving practices and a good safety culture at work may well spill over into private driving, which could reduce the chances of staff being injured in a crash outside work.
See the 'Case Studies' page for practical examples.