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Incorporate ADAS education into fleet policies, says Arval

Fleet drivers need educating on the use of ADAS devices to ensure they make a positive impact on safety, according to Arval.

Arval says some drivers don’t know that features such as city braking are fitted to their vehicle

The fleet management and leasing specialist – which has produced a guide on ADAS devices – warns that many drivers don’t know that such devices are fitted to their vehicles, or what they do.

Head of consultancy Shaun Sadlier explained that most fleets can tell anecdotes about drivers who didn’t know they had city braking on their car until the moment came when the vehicle started braking for them.

He added: “Perhaps the most pertinent example I have heard is a driver who was puzzled that their car kept alerting them when they passed a coffee shop. In fact, it was the alertness system advising the driver to stop and take a rest. This has definite safety implications.”

Sadlier said this showed fleet failures in driver education and called for companies to take action.

“Certainly, if there is safety equipment fitted to a company car and you have not checked that the driver knows how it works, then you are neglecting something that could prevent injury or save a life.

“As more and more ADAS equipment is fitted to cars, this is going to become more of an issue and fleets would benefit from proactively responding to support their drivers.”

To access the Arval guide to ADAS devices, 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.