To cut the costs and damage associated with road accidents, the fleets of small businesses are being offered free help and advice to cut risks.
Road safety charity Brake has published a free guide to help fleets take low-cost steps to cutting the chances of an accident while at work, which is complete with case studies on how organisations have managed this in the past and how it has benefitted their business.
The guide has been published through Brake's Fleet Road Safety Forum and in partnership with the Department for Transport. It can be ordered online by filling out a form.
Among the advice that the guide gives is how to draw up a driving safety policy and how to communicate responsible vehicle usage to the fleet's workers.
Guidance includes ways to measure and benchmark the safety of fleets, how to encourage seniors to buy into these safety precautions, how to continually improve the safety of the fleet and methods of management and reduction of risk to drivers, vehicles and journeys.
Research and information officer at Brake Laura Woods said: "Ensuring the safety of staff driving on work time can deliver significant business benefits, including reduced insurance premiums and improved reputation. Driving is the riskiest thing most people do at work, so it's vital for businesses of any size to manage this risk. It can be daunting for smaller organisations to start putting in place effective fleet safety practices, but this guide sets out clearly where to begin and tried and tested methods."
According to a report from the Association of British Insurers, titled Insurance for Small Businesses: A Guide to Protecting Your Business, road crashes while at work cost businesses across the UK £2.7 billion on average annually.
Additionally, one third of the accidents that take place on UK roads are made by drivers who are at work. It is believed that drivers are more likely to have a crash while working rather than driving in their own time.
Posted by Danielle Barge