Fleet Managers Urged To Make Use of Accident Study Results

The results of a large-scale study of accidents reported to police between the years 2008 ad 2012 have yielded information that will be of particular use to fleet managers as they analyze their driver training methodologies. The survey, which was conducted by Road Safety Analysis and commissioned by AA Drive Tech yielded dramatic information about the driving habits and differences between working car drivers operating cars or minibuses and those of commercial drivers operating vehicles weighing over 3.5 tons, and a third group identified as ‘other working drivers’ which was largely made up of commercial van drivers. Taxi driver accidents represented a fourth group in the study.

The study analyzed over one million car accidents and compared them to the national norm as well as to each other. It found that those driving cars were less likely to get into an accident due to substance abuse than were normal drivers, and that commercial drivers had an 85% lower instance of substance impairment accidents. However, those commercial drivers were 40 percent more likely to tailgate, 48% more likely to be fatigued, and 40% more likely to make driving errors.

The good news is that all of the at-work drivers were less likely to get into an accident in which speed was a contributing factor, as well as for collisions in which unsafe or careless behavior caused the accident. David Richards of AA DriveTech said that he felt that the information would be beneficial for fleet managers and driver trainers, but also was not surprised by the results. “The significant majority of branded fleet vehicles will be fitted with telematics systems and limiters and they are clearly doing their job.”