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Free DriverMetrics guide for fleets explores how to improve driver wellbeing

A new DriverMetrics white paper is now available for free download to help fleet managers understand key concepts around mental health and its impact in the workplace.

The white paper focuses on the effect that poor mental health has on driver behaviour and provides practical advice on managing and improving fleet safety

In particular, the white paper focuses on the effect that poor mental health has on driver behaviour and provides practical advice on managing and improving fleet safety.

While employee wellbeing is always of paramount importance, the issue has come to the fore during the pandemic as employees’ mental health has suffered following adjustments to unexpected changes. Worries about friends and family and feelings of stress, sadness, confusion and negativity have all brought implications for job – and driving – performance, bringing extra challenges for companies. This has been further exacerbated by the lockdowns and social isolation needed to control the virus.

The new white paper authored by DriverMetrics research director Dr Lisa Dorn is designed to tackle this, helping managers understand key concepts around mental health and its impact in the workplace.

In particular, it focuses on the effect that poor mental health has on driver behaviour and provides practical advice on managing and improving fleet safety.

Dr Dorn said: “A major issue with poor mental health is that impairments in driving performance can occur with slower reaction time, divided attention, slower reaction to changing speeds when following another vehicle, and poor lane positioning. These difficulties are likely to impact drivers’ risk of collision.

“The good news is that there are practical measures that managers can take to improve well-being when driving for work, and in doing so, improve fleet driver safety.”

To access DriverMetrics’ free publication on ‘Improving Driver Well-being: A Guide for Managers’, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.