Stress created in the workplace is the main reason fleet drivers have accidents on the road. This is according to research by vehicle technology company Lightfoot which revealed that 12% of fleet drivers cite work-related stress as the main reason for having an accident.
The findings also showed that 12% blame phone calls made while driving, and 4% blame work emails.
Mark Roberts, founder and CEO of Lightfoot said that this research should act as a “red flag” for all businesses operating fleet vehicles.
As Roberts explained: “Policies need to be in place to reduce unreasonable pressure on drivers as businesses have a duty of care to their staff. If they fail in this respect, there could be serious consequences for both employees and businesses.”
He continued: “All too often, staff are under pressure to get to a client, customer or meeting in unrealistic time-frames.” This leads to stress and speeding, which in turn can lead to an accident.
“With one in three road deaths involving a vehicle being driven for work,” explained Roberts, “this is an issue that fleet managers need to take seriously.”
How stressed do you feel behind the wheel?