Working drivers 'pose higher risk'

Working drivers 'pose higher risk'

Grooming and texting behind the wheel make business drivers more likely to have an accident than other motorists, according to research.

Road safety charity Brake found 31% of those who drive for work admit to texting while driving, with 17% putting on make-up, brushing their hair or shaving and 76% speeding in built-up areas.

Working drivers account for some 30% of all road journeys and are up to 40% more likely to be in a crash resulting in acar insurance claim than motorists driving in their own time. Accidents caused by those driving for work kill around 10 people a week and injure another 100.

With working drivers more likely to take deadly risks than other motorists, Brake is calling for firms to act to make sure their employees drive more safely.

Brake's deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend, said they wanted employers to have safe driving policies in place and ensure staff know the dangers of speeding and being distracted while driving.

She added: "It is appalling so many people who drive in a professional capacity are taking such horrendous and unnecessary risks, doing things we all know are unbelievably dangerous behind the wheel."

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