Women miss out on driver training?

Women have been urged to request driver training at work, after a survey showed that employers are less likely to perform the duty of care for women than men.

Research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that just 22% of women who use their cars for their job are given driver training by their employer.

On the other hand, men are served better by companies in terms of driver training - with as many as 94% of men driving to, or for, work being provided with training facilities.

Nearly half (47%) of women said that they feel perfectly safe on the roads. Government figures for the year 2007 showed in comparison with 1,640 men, a total of 530 females were involved in KSI (killed or seriously injured) accidents.

The difference in training opportunities could be due to women being known as safer drivers overall, according to Simon Elstow - head of training at IAM subsidiary company IAM Drive & Survive.

Mr Elstow added: "We know that women have fewer KSIs, but they are most vulnerable at junctions and are involved in more low-speed accidents, which can result in hefty costs to employers. We would encourage female drivers to speak up at work and request driver training as part of the employer's duty of care.

"We encourage businesses to offer driver training and assessment to all their employees as best practice and a duty of care. Employers have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to lower the risks to employees when behind the wheel."

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