How well do your drivers know the road?

By 3rd January 2020Insights

In 2018 IAM RoadSmart found that many drivers have a real lack of awareness of the rules of the road. For businesses this can mean that either your at-work drivers, or drivers that they encounter every day, may be putting themselves and others in danger.

Over 1,000 motorists participated in the annual Safety Culture Survey for IAM RoadSmart to test their knowledge of the Highway Code.

Some key findings;

  • More than 50% admitted their road knowledge was so poor, they didn’t recognise the roundabout sign
  • Some 68% of drivers were unaware of the two-second following distance in dry weather, with 53% confusing this for two car lengths. This results in a gap of less than a third of a second when travelling at 60mph, for an average-sized family car
  • Two-thirds of those surveyed admitted they were unable to recognise the colour of the reflective studs between a motorway and its slip road, with only one in five (20%) of those aged 17 to 39 answering correctly that they are green

These results clearly show gaps in the knowledge of those out on the road today. If you’re a fleet manager, solutions such as e-learning and classroom-style sessions can help to ensure that your business drivers are not amongst those who fall short of the mark.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “The outcome of the survey brings to light some frightening statistics which demonstrates the need to constantly re-fresh on-road knowledge.”

If you’d like to put your drivers forward for e-learning, contact us or see our full range of solutions for other ways to help make your fleet safer and more efficient.

Peter Williams

Author Peter Williams

Marketing Executive at IAM RoadSmart

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