Top – to bottom – Gear! Why you need to be safe when driving for work

Not everyone who drives for work is Jeremy Clarkson…… so not everyone gets to drive
around the world in supercars. Driving for work includes any person who drives on a road as
part of their work either in:

 A vehicle provided by their employer; or
 Their own vehicle and receives an allowance or payment from their employer for
distances driven.

According to the H.S.A./ Health and Safety Authority, over 14,000 road collisions between
2008 and 2011 may have been work related. The figures include as many as 4,672 vans,
trucks and buses. A further 9,427 collisions involving private cars could also have been work
related.

Meanwhile, the RSA reports that from 2005 – 2012, 6619 Goods Vehicles were involved in
collisions, with 389 of these being fatal.
Commuting to work is not generally classified as driving for work, except where the person’s
journey starts from their home and they are travelling to a work location that is not their
normal place of work.

Driving for work involves a risk not only for drivers, but also for fellow workers and members
of the public, such as pedestrians and other road users. As an employer or self-employed
person, you must, by law, manage the risks that may arise when you or your employees drive
for work.
A proper system of Fleet Safety Management has been proven to help to reduce road
accidents, vehicle damage, absenteeism due to road accidents & overall save on huge
insurance premiums.
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