Defensive Driving Up

One third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is driving for work purposes and this raises the question of whether companies should be required to provide driver training to their employees as part of their general safety training.

There are now many different types of defensive driving courses available for companies to use to improve the driving skills of their employees.A�The starting point should be to assess the competency levels of existing employees and also any potential new employees that may be recruited and be doing work that involves driving.A� There are now online risk assessments and driver training modules that companies can subscribe to or purchase.A� For example, an employee whose work involves driving could be asked to undertake an online risk assessment that takes only 25 minutes, and then his or her manager can assess their driving competency levels and arrange training focusing on areas of knowledge that need improvement. Those employees most at risk of suffering a road traffic accident would be identified
and given the necessary training with the aim of reducing the risk of an accident occurring.

Accidents cause disruption to workplaces and also result in personal injury and financial loss to the individual employee and anyone else involved in the road traffic accident.A�Increased use by companies of driver competency assessments would reduce the high number of car crashes and road traffic accidents that sadly happen every day.