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Managing distractions should be a priority for fleet managers

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For fleet drivers, driving is likely to be the most dangerous activity they do on a daily basis.

Even a momentary lapse in concentration can have devastating consequences.

Distractions such as mobile phones are proven to severely impair driving ability, causing slower reaction times and difficulty controlling speed and lane position.

Other distractions such as eating and drinking, adjusting controls and smoking also increase crash risk.

Previous surveys by Brake have found that large numbers of at-work drivers – more than non-work drivers – admit using a mobile phone at the wheel to call or text and admit to driving while stressed.

Managing distractions should therefore be a priority for fleet managers.

Les Owen from Licence Bureau says: “Having witnessed three fatal crashes and attended many more, in which it is believed at least one of the drivers was distracted, I do not want anyone to suffer the devastating effects these crashes cause. Those responsible for drivers at work know of the risks of distraction, yet so many are not doing simple things that can prevent collisions. We recommend introducing checks on what drivers are doing while driving, followed up by management action and communication to staff. This will help ensure all drivers in the company are aware of what can happen if they are distracted at the wheel. There is no excuse for not taking action. The advice in Brake’s Road Safety Week pack could help save lives – of drivers in your company as well as other road users. I know what a difference it makes.”

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